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The European Union (EU) has published measures to regulate perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), its salts and related substances. This new law, published on June 14, 2017 as Regulation (EU) 2017/1000, creates the new entry 68 to Annex XVII of REACH

For PFOA, its salts and PFOA-related substances, implementation of the new law will happen in phases:

  • July 4, 2020 for applications other than those mentioned below
  • July 4, 2022 for:
    • Equipment used to produce semi-conductors
    • Latex printing inks
  • July 4, 2023 for:
    • Textiles for worker protection
    • Membranes in medical textiles, filtration in water treatments, production processes and effluent treatments
    • Plasma nano-coatings
  • July 4, 2032 for medical devices other than implantable medical devices

Regulation (EU) 2017/1000 does contain several exemptions, including:

  • Articles placed on the market before July 4, 2020
  • By-products from manufacturing substances
  • Applications in photo-lithography processes for semi-conductors or etching processes for compound semiconductors.
  • Applications in photographic coatings for films, paper or printing plates
  • Manufacture of implantable medical devices (Directive 93/42/EEC)
  • Perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) and its derivatives under Part A of Annex I to Regulation (EC) 850/2004 on persistent organic pollutants (POPs)

PFOA (CAS 335-67-1) has been on the Candidate List of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs) since June 2013. It is classified as reprotoxic (toxic to reproduction) category 1B and carcinogenic category 2 in Regulation (EC) 1272/2008 on the classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures, the so-called ‘CLP Regulation’, and persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT).

PFOA and its related substances have a wide variety of applications, including the manufacture of fluoropolymers and fluoroelastomers, as surfactants in fire-fighting foams, and as an anti-water, grease, oil and/or dirt agent in the production of textiles and paper.

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