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In it official journal on June 14, 2017, the European Commission (EU), has released measures to regulate Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) with its salts and certain PFOA related substances. This newly published Regulation (EU) 2017/1000 amended the EU REACH Annex XVII by including a new entry 68 to it and will be applicable from July 4, 2020 though with certain exemptions.
PFOA, its salts and related substances have been recognized as been used in a variety of applications including the Fluoropolymer and Fluoroelastomer production for non-stick coatings in cookware, used in fire-fighting as surfactants, as well as used in textile and paper production. However, PFOA has since June, 2013, been on the Candidate List of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs).
The SVHC are often determined based on if the substance meets one or more of certain criteria such as
PFOA, its salts and other related substances have been identified as reprotoxic (toxic to reproduction), carcinogenic; and persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) which had put it on an important position on the Candidate list.
Implementation of the new Regulation
The implementation of this new law for PFOA, its salts, and other PFOA-related substances will commence from July 4, 2020 and will happen in phases as shown below:
Exemptions to the regulation
However, there are some certain exemptions with Regulation (EU) 2017/1000 when it comes to the use of these substances and articles, which include: