Marketing and use of dangerous substances

This EU Directive (76/69/EC) establishes restrictions on the marketing and use of certain dangerous substances and preparations in the EU. The substances listed in the Annex can be either restricted in some applications or banned from the EU market, depending on the conditions specified. This Directive has been amended several times in order to extend its scope of application to other substances.

The twenty fourth amendment of 6 February 2003 prohibited the use of the brominated flame retardants Penta-BDE and Octa-BDE in all applications for the EU Market from 15 August 2004.

The fourth amendment of 27 July 1976 prohibited the use of PBB in textile applications only, since November 1984.

As of June 2009, the Directive on marketing and use is fully incorporated under the REACH legislation.