EU Proposes to Regulate PFOA under Annex XVII of REACH

The European Union (EU) is proposing to regulate perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and similar substances under Annex XVII of REACH. If approved, the measures will be implemented in phases starting 2020.

According to the draft Regulation, attached to WTO document 16-5339, PFOA is identified as a persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic substance (PBT). It has been on the Candidate List of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) since June 2013, and is a candidate for listing under Annex XIV (Authorization List) of REACH.

The substances in this draft Regulation are used in a wide variety of applications, such as an anti-repellent agent for grease, oil and/or dirt in textile and paper materials, manufacture of fluoropolymers and fluoroelastomers for non-stick coatings in pans and cookware, and as surfactants in fire-fighting foam.

Via: SafeGuardS

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