Feminine Hygiene Products Show Low Hazardous Substance Levels

Feminine Hygiene Products Show Low Hazardous Substance Levels

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Beginning of 2020, the Belgian Federal Public Service for Health (FPS) published the results of a study focused on analyzing the hazardousness of chemicals found in menstrual products. These products became a source of concern after ANSES called for restrictions under REACH due to the confirmed presence of hazardous chemicals in low concentrations.   

 The Belgian study carried out by the VITO Laboratory focused on 90 chemicals of concern in 24 tampons and sanitary padsamong which: 

  • polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs); 

  • biocides; 

  • phthalates; 

  • phenolic compounds; 

  • perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA); 

  • benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene (BTEX); and 

  • dioxins. 


The analysis shows that none of the hazardous substances were present in levels above 1mg per kg in the tested samplesthe concentrations were thus far below the REACH limit values. 

The FPS Public Health concluded that there was no actual reason for concern. The Belgian manufacturers of menstrual products were still asked to find ways to completely remove these substances from their products to make them even safer.   

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