An EU restriction targeting all PFAS for all uses is underway. Is your company ready for this universal PFAS ban and its repercussions? Here are the current and upcoming PFAS restrictions, along with safe alternatives to these harmful “forever chemicals”.
Up until recently, the approach to regulating the chemical “family” of PFAS has been to restrict the substances one at a time, or impose group restrictions based on the number of carbon atoms in the molecular structure: C6 (PFHxA, PFHxS, and related substances), C8 (PFOA, PFOS, and related substances), C9, and so on.
Although reasonably clear and structured, this approach has often resulted in so called regrettable substitution: switching from the restricted PFAS chemical to an equally, or even more hazardous, unregulated “cousin”.
Since all of these approximately 5,000 man-made chemicals share similar characteristics – carcinogenic, endocrine-disrupting, immunosuppressive, mobile or bioaccumulative, and extremely persistent – regulating them one by one or in small groups is clearly not an efficient way forward.