The UK, Welsh and Scottish Governments have asked HSE and the Environment Agency to prepare a regulatory management options analysis (RMOA) for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). This RMOA will investigate the risks posed by PFAS and recommend the best approach to protect human health and the environment from any identified risks. This call for evidence aims to gather information and evidence that will support HSE and the Environment Agency with the preparation of the RMOA. We are interested in all aspects of the manufacture, import, hazard profile, use and exposure; these include environmental fate, waste and its disposal requirements, recycling opportunities for these substances and products that contain these substances, and any legislation and standards that apply, including product-specific legislation and standards.
UK REACH came into force at the end of the EU exit transition period (31st December 2020) and regulates the access of chemicals to the GB market. Under the Northern Ireland Protocol, EU REACH continues to regulate the access of chemicals to the Northern Ireland market.
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PFAS have a wide range of industrial, professional and consumer uses including:
As chemical intermediates and processing aids for fluoropolymer production
In surface coatings for textiles, food contact materials and packaging
In cleaning agents, paints, varnishes, polishes and waxes
In pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, medical devices and products
In the electronics and energy production sectors
In construction materials, including as polymers
In heat exchange systems
In fire suppression systems and in fire-fighting foams
In mist suppressants for metal plating
All articles, mixtures or substances that intentionally contain PFAS and that are used or marketed in Great Britain are within the scope of this call for evidence. We ask respondents to follow the OECD definition of PFAS:
Fluorinated substances that contain at least one fully fluorinated methyl or methylene carbon atom (without any H/Cl/Br/I atom attached to it), i.e., with the noted exceptions, any chemical with at least a perfluorinated methyl group (–CF3) or a perfluorinated methylene group (–CF2–) is a PFAS.
If you are unsure whether the substance you are providing information for is a PFAS, please submit your information anyway.
HSE, 3 December 2021