General statements

Restricted substances - Statement of Compliance

On behalf of TFL Ledertechnik GmbH we can confirm that the TFL leather chemical products comply with the European Union (EU) Directives and Regulations regarding restrictions on hazardous and toxic chemicals for use in normal leather consumer goods.

Restricted PAH substances - Statement of Compliance

On behalf of TFL Ledertechnik GmbH we can confirm that TFL products comply with the German voluntary agreement regarding polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in consumer articles.

The use of Flame Retardants - Statement of Compliance

On behalf of TFL Ledertechnik GmbH we can confirm that TFL products with flame retardant properties comply with the German Consumer Goods Ordinance and the EU Directive 2003/11/EG.

Restricted phthalates - Statement of Compliance

The European Parliament voted in July 2005 to ban the use of some phthalates plasticisers in all children´s toys and childcare items. Leather articles made with TFL chemicals comply with this EU regulation for toys, according to our present state of knowledge.

EU Directive restricting the use of nonylphenol ethoxylate and nonylphenol products

The EU passed in July 2003 the directive 2003/53/EC, which will restrict the marketing and use in Europe of products and product formulations that contain more than 0.1% of NPE or NP. This applies to many industries including the textile and leather industries, except in the case of closed application systems where no release into waste waters occurs. From January 2005 this Directive comes into force.

Statement of Compliance regarding Metal

On behalf of TFL Ledertechnik GmbH we can confirm that leather dyestuffs and chemicals sold from the central warehouse in Europe are periodically tested in order not to exceed metal contents as recommended by ETAD (Ecological and Toxicological Association of Dyes and Organic Pigments Manufacturers). This limits do not apply to dyes or chemicals containing a listed metal as an inherent part of the molecular structure or composition e.g. metal-complex dyes or chrome tanning syntans.

Statement of Compliance regarding VOC

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) are defined in differing ways depending on their use pattern. In reference to EU Commission Directive 2001/58/EC, VOC presenting a health or environmental hazard within the Directive 67/548/ECC have been disclosed in section 2 of the Material Safety Data Sheet. This includes Ozone depleting chemicals subject to EG regulation 2037/2000 to fulfil the requirements of the Montreal protocol (1987) and its amendments.

Statement of Compliance regarding Azo Dyes

On behalf of TFL Ledertechnik GmbH we can confirm that leather which is coloured using azo dyes of the:

SELLA® FAST, SELLA® COOL, SELLA® STAR, SELLA® FLUID, SELLA® CAR, SELLA® WOOL, SELLA DERM, SELLASET® and SELLAFLOR®

ranges, will comply with the EU Regulation 1907/2006 (REACH), as well as the German Consumer Goods Act (Bedarfsgegenständverordnung). The dyed leather will pass an analytical test according to the official EN ISO 17234-1 test method for leather.

Statement of Compliance regarding Azo Dyes (PDF, 347KB)

Leather Working Group LWG

We are happy to announce that TFL has become a member of the Leather Working Group LWG. This group is a platform consisting of various companies such as Tanners, Brands, Suppliers and the BLC to assure that leather is ecologically produced. The BLC in England makes respective audits and grants awards. For further details please have a look at:

Leather Working Group

BLC Leather Tech

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