Five European Nations, ECHA Propose PFAS Bans/Restrictions


As previously reported, Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden submitted a proposal in January 2023 to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) to restrict per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) under REACH. Details of the proposal to restrict and/or ban of ~10,000 PFAS have now been published on the ECHA’s website.

The proposed restrictions on the manufacture, use and placement of PFAS on the market respond to concerns over environmental exposure and accumulation, as well as potential toxicity to human health. This is due to the water solubility and mobility of PFAS.

“[The restriction] aims to reduce PFAS emissions into the environment and make products and processes safer for people,” the ECHA wrote. “All PFAS in the scope of the proposal are very persistent in the environment. If their releases are not minimized, people, plants and animals will be increasingly exposed, and without a restriction, such levels will be reached that have negative effects on people’s health and the environment.”

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Cosmetics & Toiletries, 08-02-23