May 11, 2020: Five European Member States launch call for evidence on broad PFAS restriction
The national authorities of Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Denmark agreed to prepare a REACH restriction proposal with the aim to restrict the manufacture, the placing on the market and the use of all per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the EU. The main rationale of this initiative is the very high persistence of these chemicals in the environment and the potential contamination of ground, surface and drinking water. The Member States have now launched a questionnaire to generate further information for the development of the Annex XV Restriction Dossier. This information will be used for the evaluation of the most appropriate restriction measures, as well as the scope and conditions of restriction option(s) to be considered within this dossier.
Companies producing or using PFAS, companies selling products (mixtures and articles) produced with these substances as well as companies using PFAS alternatives, scientists and NGO’s are invited to fill in the questionnaire, before end of July. We encourage all stakeholders to submit all relevant information regarding the properties and use of PFAS and possible alternatives, so the Member States will be able to make a well underpinned restriction proposal. Also see the Question and Answers.