EU REACH – Proposal to add PFOA to Annex XVII
Vol. 936 | November 17, 2016
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:
- shall not be manufactured or placed on the market as substance on their own form.
- shall not be used in a concentration equal to or above 25 ppb of PFOA including its salts or 1000 ppb of one or a combination of PFOA-related substances in the production of, or placed on the market in
- Another substance, as a constituent;
- A mixture;
- An article, or any part thereof
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:
- Implantable medical devices within the scope of 93/42/EEC
- Films, papers or printing plates coated with the photographic coatings
- Compound semiconductors with photo-lithography processes or in etching processes.
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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