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BSMI supports asbestos ban, revises automobile brake lining standard to ensure consumer safety BSMI, MOEA March 17, 2018

In cooperation with the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA), which banned the use of asbestos brake pads as of January 1, 2018, the Bureau of Standards, Metrology & Inspection (BSMI) has announced the revision of the CNS 2586 “Brake linings & pads for automobiles” on December 26, 2017, banning the use of asbestos materials for the manufacture of brake linings.

Asbestos is classified by International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) as group 1 carcinogen. Taiwan is a country with a dense population and over 20 million automobiles are registered due to a developed transportation system. Dust particles released from brake pads have become a great contributor to air pollution and health risks, especially dusts that contain asbestos. Thus, the BSMI has revised the CNS 2586 to stop the spread of hazardous asbestos dust in the air.

The BSMI said that the old CNS 2586 already specifies the regulations on the type of brake linings, friction property, coefficient of friction and friction rate. However, as it is difficult to distinguish whether the lining contains asbestos by the eye, the new CNS 2586 has included high precision test methods of asbestos fibers, such as X-ray diffraction analysis and phase contrast microscopy qualitative analysis. It is hoped that the initiative will enhance the quality of test results and ensure consumer safety.

For more information, please visit CNS Online Service at http://www.cnsonline.com.tw/.

Agency in charge: Department of Standards (First Division)
Contact person: Mr. Shih-Wei Ni
Telephone: (02)3343-5110


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