Back in October 2020, the European Commission (EC) issued its Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability to achieve a “toxic-free environment” as part the European Green Deal. On April 25, 2022, EC staff released a Restrictions Roadmap, which outlines objectives for regulating broad categories of chemicals through collaboration between EC, European Chemicals Agency, and member states. The Roadmap prioritizes specific chemical groups for further regulation, with the highest priority chemical groups added to a “Rolling List.” PFAS chemicals as a group have been included on this Rolling List after several member states determined that this class of chemicals is confirmed or suspected to be hazardous as: (i) persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic; (ii) very persistent and very bioaccumulative; (iii) persistent, mobile, and toxic; and (iv) reproductively toxic. EC’s staff’s announced goal is to invite comment and input on the chemicals on the Rolling List with an eye towards eventually updating the EC’s Reach Regulation to address the proposed new approaches to chemical regulations by 2027.
JD Supra, 10-05-22