The EU Commission has added perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), its salts, and PFOA-related compounds to Annex V of the PIC Regulation (EU Regulation No. 649/2012), and published the related Delegated Regulation (EU) 2022/643 on April 20. As a result, the export of fire-extinguisher foams that contain these substances is prohibited as of July 1, 2022. The export ban does not apply when PFOS, its salts, and perfluorooctanesulfonyl fluoride are used as a mist suppressant for non-decorative hard chromium (VI) plating in closed-loop systems.
Along with the enhancement of Annex V, the Commission also added 15 pesticides and 7 industrial chemicals to Annex I. In the future, companies that wish to export these substances must provide a notification of their intention and obtain explicit approval from the importing country.
The PIC Regulation covers the import and export of certain hazardous chemicals. It applies to chemicals that are prohibited in the EU or that are subject to strict limitations.
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