EU – Germany and Sweden Propose Restriction on Fluorinated Substances

German and Swedish agencies have submitted a joint proposal to ECHA to restrict six “per- and polyfluorinated substances” (PFASs) before they see wide-spread use as alternatives to other fluorinated substances such as perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) that have broad upcoming restrictions.

The proposal directly concerns perfluoronic acid (PFNA), perfluorodecanoic acid (PFDA), Perfluoroundecanoic acid (PFUnDA), perfluorododecanoic acid (PFDoDA), perfluoroethridecanoic acid (PFTrDA) and perfluorotetradecanoic acid (PFTeDA). However, several other fluorinated materials are also affected because they can break down to create one of these six substances. KEMI, the Swedish Chemicals Agency, estimates that the ban would affect a total of 200 highly fluorinated substances.

The proposal is available on the ECHA website in the section on “Submitted restrictions under consideration”[1]. The proposed scope of the restriction, as listed on the website, is:

  1. Shall not be manufactured, used or placed on the market
  • as substances,
  • as constituents of other substances,
  • in a mixture
  1.   Articles or any parts thereof containing one of the substances shall not be placed on the market.

The proposal is currently open to public consultation until June 20, 2018.

[1] EU PFAS restriction proposal, https://echa.europa.eu/restrictions-under-consideration/-/substance-rev/18115/term