Policy Issue

PFAS Restriction under REACH

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PFAS Restriction under REACH

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State of play

On 13 January 2023, five Member States submitted to European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) a restriction proposal under the REACH Regulation covering per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

The restriction would ban the manufacture, placing on the market and use of PFAS in non-essential applications. PFAS covers an extremely broad range of substances, which may include certain HFOs and HFC blends used as refrigerants in HVACR equipment, and substances used in the manufacture of filter media.

ECHA’s six-month consultation ran until September 2023. It is carrying out a scientific evaluation of the proposal. Once the scientific evaluations are adopted, they are sent to the European Commission, who together with the EU Member States will then decide on a potential restriction.

19 April 2024
ECHA informed that the national authorities of the PFAS restriction dossier submitters are using the information provided by stakeholders from the six-month consultation to update their initial restriction proposal.
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11 March 2024
The German Federal Ministry for the Environment released a new indicative timeline for the legislative process of the restriction proposal on the use and production of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).
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22 November 2023
On 8 November 2023 European Chemical Agency’s Enforcement Forum published its advice on the enforceability of the proposed PFAS restriction.
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28 March 2023
The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has opened a six-month consultation on the PFAS restriction proposal, prepared by the Danish, German, Dutch, Norwegian and Swedish authorities. The consultation closes on 25 September 2023.
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09 February 2023
On 7 February 2023, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) published the PFAS restriction proposal. It holds suggestions for an unlimited exemption for refrigerants in HVACR equipment in buildings, where national safety standards and building codes prohibit the use of al...
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30 January 2023
On 13 January 2023, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) received the PFAS restriction proposal submitted by the five national authorities: Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden.
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21 March 2022
EFCTC started a socioeconomic assessment for the PFAS restriction. It will launch a stakeholder survey to collect more information on the F-Gas industry sector on 4 April. The survey will run for 4 weeks, and trade associations and downstream users are invited to participa...
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23 July 2021
Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Sweden and Norway have introduced a request to consider a restriction on manufacture, placing on the market and use of PFAS. PFAS are substances that are present in various refrigerants.
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