After the first per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) consultation the spring of 2020, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden have now opened a second consultation period. The consultation offers stakeholders the opportunity to confirm already available information on PFASs and supply new information, such as data related to the use of PFASs, tonnages, and possible alternatives (and their costs). Based on this information, the national agencies responsible for REACH will jointly develop a common proposal for the limitation of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances by mid-July 2022.
Parallel to the opening of the consultation, the five national agencies submitted a risk management option analysis (RMOA) to the ECHA. The analysis shows which regulatory measures most effectively minimize the risk of handling or using a substance. The experts call for a restriction of PFASs, finding it the best way to assess the risk associated with such a large and complex group of chemicals and keep it small.
The authors of the RMOA see a uniform definition of PFASs and the inclusion of all possible PFAS isomers as a decisive aspect. They want the inclusion to prevent the availability on the market of substitutes that are structurally similar PFASs and are not yet used.
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