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The proposal to limit PFAS has sparked heated discussions! ECHA received over 5600 comments



On September 26, 2023, the European Chemical Administration (ECHA) issued a notice announcing that it had received over 5600 proposals to limit perfluoroalkyl and polyperfluoroalkyl based substances (PFAS).



On January 13, 2023, Germany submitted a proposal for restrictions on PFAS substances in accordance with the REACH regulations. This restriction proposal was jointly formulated by the competent authorities of Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden. In the past three years, they have conducted detailed research and investigation on the use of PFAS, the potential risks to humans and the environment, as well as the risks generated during its market launch and use. ECHA announced the launch of a consultation activity on the proposal on March 22, 2023, aimed at collecting scientific and technical information on the manufacturing, marketing, and use of PFAS. The consultation activity ended on September 25.


Opinion data analysis:

ECHA has received over 5600 submissions from 4400 organizations, companies, and individuals. Among them, Sweden has the highest number of opinions, reaching 1369, followed by Germany, Japan, and Belgium with 1298, 938, and 303, respectively. China ranks fifth with 262 opinions. From the sources of opinions, 58.7% (3313) came from enterprises, 27.3% (1543) from individuals, and 9.8% (552) from industries or trade associations.


欧洲化学品管理局,ECHA,,限制,全氟烷基,全氟烷基物质,PFAS,提案Most of the opinions submitted during the consultation have been publicly published on the ECHA website, and only information marked as confidential will not be disclosed. The comments received near the deadline are currently being processed and will soon be made public after processing.

The Risk Assessment Committee (RAC) and Socio Economic Analysis Committee (SEAC) of ECHA will review these received recommendations and consider relevant information in the process of formulating scientific opinions. At the same time, the five countries that developed the proposal will also participate in the review and may update the proposal based on advisory opinions.


Next step:

The Risk Assessment Committee (RAC) and Socio Economic Analysis Committee (SEAC) of ECHA are currently evaluating the proposed restriction and will consider the relevant information received through this consultation. These two committees will develop independent scientific opinions in the upcoming series of meetings, paying attention to all relevant aspects and affected areas. ECHA will also submit its final opinion to the European Commission as soon as possible, while ensuring appropriate review by the Scientific Committee. Once the committee approves the final opinion, it will be communicated to the public. The final decision on whether to implement this restriction will be made jointly by the European Commission and EU member states.


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