Vol. 1388 | 19 Dec 2023

In 2021, Japan  prohibited PFOA and its Salts on 13 types of products (refer to Insight Vol. 1242).

On 1 Dec 2023, the Ministries of Japan published Cabinet Order No. 343 of 2023 to amend the Act on the Evaluation of Chemical Substances and Regulation of their Manufacturer etc, in order to restrict the PFHxS, its salts and their isomers in certain products, as proposed. This Order will take effect on 1 Feb 2024.

Importation will be prohibited for the following products if they contain PFHxS, its salts and their isomers, starting from 1 Jun 2024:

  1. Water resistant and oil resistant textile;
  2. Etching agent used for metal processing;
  3. Etching agents used in the manufacture of semiconductors;
  4. Surface treatment agent for plating or preparation;
  5. Antireflection agent for use in semiconductor manufacturing;
  6. Resist for semiconductor.
  7. Water repellent, haze oil and fiber protecting agent;
  8. Fire extinguisher, fire-extinguishing agent, and fire-extinguishing foam;
  9. Water resistant and oil resistant clothes;
  10. Water repellent and oil repellent floor covering;

For more details, you can refer to the regulation here.

If you have further questions, please contact Dr. Kathy Leung (Kathy.Leung@intertek.com) or Dr. Ben Cheng (Ben.PS.Cheng@intertek.com).


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