In this report the results of the quantitative determinations of selected carcinogenic, mutagenic and
reprotoxic substances (CMR) in tampons and sanitary pads are presented. Tampons and sanitary
pads available on the Belgian market have been collected and have been extracted and analysed for
the presence of PAH, biocides, phthalates, phenolic compounds, PFOA, BTEX and dioxins using
specific analytical techniques. The results show that there is in general no reason for concern, as the
concentrations of most compounds were below the limit of quantification while other compounds
were detected only in negligible concentrations. On the basis of these results it can be concluded
that the use of tampons and sanitary pads sold on the Belgian market can be considered to be safe.