Norway PoHS

Little Pro on 2016-01-08

Norway PoHS stands for Prohibition on Hazardous Substances in Consumer Products. It is a Norwegian consumer product regulation. Norway originally notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) about a proposed ban on 18 hazardous substances in consumer products on 8 June 2007. This ban was never officially implemented.

On 20 December 2011, Norway submitted a revised PoHS proposal to WTO. According to this revision, only Lead, PCP, PFOA and MCCP, four of the original 18 substances, will be banned. Up to date, the PoHS regulation is still at its pending stage.

PoHS covers almost all consumer products. However, PoHS does not apply to food products, cosmetics, food packaging, fertiliser, tobacco, medicine, means of transport, permanently mounted equipment for means of transport and tyres and similar accessories for means of transport.

Prohibited Substances in Norway PoHS

Status Substances and Limits
  • 0.01 % in any product or homogeneous material;
  • Exemptions: Crystal and lead glass, rust protection paint, non-food contact glazes and enamels, etc;
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Medium-chained Chlorinated paraffins (MCCP)
  • 0.01 % in any product or homogeneous material;
  • Exemptions: products with special flame-retardant (fire-safety) requirements and where no satisfactory alternatives can be found
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Pentachlorophenol (PCP)
  • Prohibits Pentachlorophenol (PCP) or its salts and esters;
  • 0.0005%;
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  • Prohibit PFOA, and individual salts and esters of PFOA;
  • 0.0001%;
  • Exemptions: Some textiles and leather regulated by other regulations.
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