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The European Commission issued a draft regulation to add the restriction on Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), its salts and PFOA-related substances to Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH).
PFOA and its salts and PFOA-related substances are used in a wide variety of applications such as in fluoropolymer and fluoroelastomer production, as surfactants in fire-fighting foams and in textile and paper production to provide water, grease, oil and/or dirt repellency.
The restrictions on PFOA and related substances are highlighted as below:
The restriction will be effective 3 years after the date of entry into force of this regulation.
Exemptions for the article, or any part are highlighted as below:
PFOA is identified as a persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic substance (PBT) and was included in the Candidate List of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) in 2013.
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