Current news

August 23: RIVM and ECHA request new information on infill material of sportsfields

RIVM and ECHA are requesting interested parties to submit any information they have related to infill material in synthetic turf pitches. The institutes will use the information to substantiate a proposal for stricter standards for PAHs in rubber granulate in sports fields. Research conducted by RIVM in the last year has already provided more insight into the composition of rubber granulate in the Netherlands. ECHA and RIVM are specificly requesting for information on the composition of rubber granulate in Europe and on the composition and technical aspects of alternatives and the costs related to replacement of rubber granulate. More information is available on the ECHA website.

March 22: RIVM publishes scientific background information on rubber granulate in English

The publication of the RIVM report: 'Evaluation of health risks of playing sports on synthetic turf pitches with rubber granulate : Scientific background document' is a compilation of the initial 2016 report and all the scientific background documents.

February 28: ECHA report published

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has published a study on the possible health risks of substances in recycled rubber used on artificial sports pitches. ECHA has concluded that the concern for players on these pitches, including children, and for workers who install and maintain them is very low. ECHA recommends to modify the current limit for hazardous substances in rubber granulate to ensure that the concentrations of hazardous substances in rubber granulate remain low in the future.

The risk assessment method  of ECHA is similar to that of RIVM. It uses the same information about the hazardous properties of the substances in rubber granulate. The exposure scenarios developed by ECHA are very similar to those of RIVM. Furthermore, the ECHA study provides additional information on:

  • the market for tire recycling and the production of rubber granulate (market analysis);
  • exposure and risk assessment of workers (professional football players and workers who install and maintain artificial turf pitches);
  • use and potential risks  of the use of rubber granulate for indoor sports

The ECHA study does not address the potential risks to the environment.

The news message and report is available on the ECHA website

February 15: RIVM report December 2016 on rubber granulate now available in English

RIVM has published an English version of the Dutch December 2016 report on rubber granulate. This report: 'Evaluation of health risks of playing sports on synthetic turf pitches with rubber granulate' is now available for download. We will also publish a scientific report on rubber granulate in March.

January 31: Washington State Department of Health published report on cancer incidence in soccer


The Washington State Department of Health has published the report ‘Investigation of Reported Cancer among Soccer Players in Washington State’. RIVM refers to this study in the Dutch report ‘Beoordeling gezondheidsrisico's door sporten op kunstgrasvelden met rubbergranulaat’ published on December 20th 2016, for example on page 31. The results of the Washington State DOH report do not lead to adjustment of the conclusion of the RIVM report. The conclusion remains that it is safe for people to play sports on synthetic turf fields with an infill of rubber granulate. The report by the Washington State Department of Health can be found on their website.

RIVM will publish the Dutch 2016 rubber granulate report in English in February. We will also publish a scientific report on rubber granulate in English that month.

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