Save the date: Workshop on the substitution of PFAS used in the textile finishing industry

Currently, the most used Durable Water and Oil Repellents (or DWORs) are made of per- and polyfluoroalkyl compounds (PFCs/PFAS) based on C6 chemistry after the inclusion of C8 chemistries (PFOA/PFOS) in ECHA’s restriction list (Annex XVII of REACH). Currently, some Member State authorities have initiated the process for the inclusion of C6 perfluorinated chemistries into the restriction list as well making the search for sustainable and high-performance products a must.

The MIDWOR-LIFE consortium has been working during the past 3 years on identifying and assessing the different alternatives for water and oil repellents for substitution. The results of the project will be presented in the workshop titled: “Substitution of PFCs from Durable Water and oil repellents used in the textile finishing industry”. We will also open a debate with relevant stakeholders on the implementation of chemical substitution policies in the textile industry focusing on the alternatives for Durable Water and Oil Repellents (DWORs) in textile finishing processes.

Additionally, the event will have invited talks from the European Commission, EURATEX and other new related projects that are starting from across Europe.

The event will be held in Brussels on June 5th 2018, venue: NH Carrefour de l’Europe (directions).

The agenda is available here.


The event objectives are to:

  1. Present key findings from the MIDWOR-LIFE project as a case study aimed to find sustainable alternatives to DWORs containing PFCs.
  2. Discuss early results with international experts and increase stakeholder engagement.
  3. Inform the industry about the needs to move toward alternative DWORs and currently available alternatives both from a risk and technical performance perspectives
  4. Collect industry feedback about a pressing topic and engage industry collaboration for validation of safer and greener alternatives.
  5. Foster networking among the different stakeholders involved.


The event is free of charge.
Participants will need to cover travel and accommodation expenses.

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