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EU proposes to add PFHxS to POPs regulations


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2023-02-27

On February 9, 2023, the European Union proposed to incorporate PFHxS into Annex I of the EU Regulation on Persistent Organic Pollutants POPs (EU) 2019/1021. The revised draft will be reviewed by the public for one month.

On February 9, 2023, the EU launched a one-month public review of the revised draft POPs regulation, which aims to add PFHxS to Part A of Annex I to the POPs regulation. All stakeholders can submit comments within the review period. If the draft is approved, it will take effect 20 days after the publication of the EU Official Gazette, and the number of banned/restricted substances in POPs will also increase from 28 to 29.

 

In Part A of Annex I to Regulation (EU) 2019/1021, add the following entries:

 

Substance CAS No EC No Special exemption from intermediate use or other specifications

Perfluorohexane sulfonic acid (PFHxS) and its salts and PFHxS-related compounds

"Perfluorohexane sulfonic acid (PFHxS) and its salts and PFHxS-related compounds" refer to the following substances

(i) Perfluorohexane sulfonic acid, including any branched isomer thereof;

(ii) its salts;

(iii) For the purposes of the Convention, PFHxS related compounds are any substances that contain C6F13S group and can be degraded into PFHxS

355-46-4 and others 206-587-1 and others

1. For the purpose of this entry, point (b) of Article 4 (1) shall apply to the concentration of PFHxS or any of its salts equal to or less than 0.025mg/kg (0.0000025%), if they are present in a substance mixture or article.

2. For the purpose of this entry, point (b) of Article 4 (1) applies to all PFHxS-related compounds whose concentration sum is equal to or less than 1mg/kg (0.0001%), if they are present in a substance, mixture or article.

3. For the purpose of this entry, point (b) of Article 4 (1) shall apply to the concentration of PFHxS and PFHxS related compounds equal to or less than 0.1 mg/kg (0.00001%) if they are present in concentrated fire foam mixtures to be used or used to produce other fire foam mixtures. The Commission shall review and evaluate the exemption before [the date 3 years after the entry into force of this amended Regulation].

 

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