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New Zealand will completely ban PFHxS, its salts and related compounds, and prohibit its production, use and import


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2023-03-14

New Zealand will completely ban PFHxS, its salts and related compounds, and prohibit its production, use and import

On February 20, 2023, the New Zealand Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) planned to include perfluorohexane sulfonic acid (PFHxS) and its salts and related compounds into the control of the Hazardous Substances and Organisms Act (HSNO), and launched online consultation on this issue. The deadline for consultation was April 5.

As early as June 2022, the European Union adopted resolution (EU) 2022/997, which decided to include perfluorohexane sulfonic acid (PFHxS) and its salts and related compounds in the list of persistent organic substances in Annex A of the Stockholm Convention, without any exemption conditions. Based on the provisions of the Convention, New Zealand, as a contracting party, will incorporate it into its domestic laws and regulations by the middle of November 2023 to prohibit the production, use and import of such substances.

 

This proposal includes PFHxS, its salts and related compounds in the two annexes under the HSNO Act, without any exemption conditions:

1. Appendix 1AA List of Persistent Organic Pollutants under the Stockholm Convention

2. Appendix 2A List of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)

✓ Appendix 2A Object: pure POPs substances and related products.

✓ Annex 2A Obligations: According to the HSNO Act, substances listed in Annex 2A will be prohibited from being produced, imported and used in New Zealand unless specific exemption conditions are met.

It is noteworthy that since the New Zealand Hazardous Substances List (NZIoC) contains some PFHxS related compounds, some enterprises in New Zealand can still import and use products containing related compounds by obtaining the group standard under the HSNO Act.

In the later stage, New Zealand is expected to inform the Convention that it is allowed to continue to use manufactured products containing PFHxS-related compounds in specific areas. This notification will only apply to the relevant manufactured products that are still in production and use when the substance is officially listed in the HSNO Act.

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