UK REACH – PFAS RMOA – Call for evidence



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.

Please support your contribution with references and reliable data (facts and figures).

Background note

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 lubricants

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.

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HSE, 3 December 2021