New PFAS Restriction Proposal Submitted to ECHA

By: SiliconExpert on January 18th, 2023

As of January 13th, 2023, the national authorities of Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden have submitted a proposal to ECHA (European Chemicals Agency) to restrict per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) under REACH, the European Union’s (EU) chemicals regulation.[1]

PFAS, also known as ‘forever chemicals’, have been widely used in products since the early 1940s and can commonly be found in carpets, rugs, cookware, cosmetics, furniture, electronics, and more. In recent years they’ve come under scrutiny and regulation as studies have shown exposures can contribute to cancer, liver damage, fertility issues, and increased risk of asthma and thyroid disease.

 

Key Dates

The proposed restrictions and supporting documentation will be made available on February 7th, 2023, after being reviewed by the ECHA.

Starting in March 2023 the ECHA’s committees for Risk Assessment (RAC) and for Socio-Economic Analysis (SEAC) will ensure the proposed restrictions meet the legal requirements of REACH. If met, these committees will begin their scientific evaluations.

On March 22nd, 2023, a six-month consultation is planned to begin with an online informational session on April 5th, 2023.

The RAC and SEAC typically publish their opinions within 12 months from the start of the scientific evaluation in accordance with REACH, however the committees may need more time to finalize their opinions due to the complexity and broad scope of PFAS usage.

 

SiliconExpert’s Compliance Management Solution

The restriction and regulation of PFAS will continue, as we previously touched on in our “PFAS Bans Coming to USA” blog. Currently, the P5 Platform Compliance Module incorporates PFAS substances through REACH, PFOA, PFOS, and POPs.

SiliconExpert's Compliance Module with REACH, PFOS, PFOA, and POPs statuses

We do not currently cover all 12K substances on the EPA list, however, the SiliconExpert Compliance Team is working on a PFAS solution to better support our customers and growing compliance regulations worldwide.

To learn more about SiliconExpert’s Compliance offerings, click the link below:

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