The Netherlands is working with Denmark, Germany, Norway and Sweden on a proposal for a European ban on PFAS. A ban in this context is also referred to as a restriction. The countries are proposing this restriction to limit the risks that these substances pose to people and the environment. The proposal focuses on the entire group of PFAS substances in order to avoid one PFAS being replaced by another. 

The ultimate aim of the restriction proposal is a ban on the use of these substances. To prepare a solid restriction proposal, it is important to have as much information as possible. In May 2020, companies and stakeholders were invited to submit information on the hazard properties and use of PFAS. The organisations working on the proposal are now processing that information. Preparing a proposal is a long and intensive process. We would be happy to keep you informed about the progress of the restriction dossier via this website. 

From intention to proposal to decision

There are four stages in the process of banning the use of PFAS. The first step is to prepare and submit a restriction proposal. The Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management (I&W) and RIVMNational Institute for Public Health and the Environment are working together with the partner organisations of the other member states concerned to come up with the best possible proposal. To that end, scientific literature is being consulted and information is being obtained at various times. The final proposal will be submitted to ECHA (European Chemicals Agency). Subsequently, a public consultation will be launched and the ECHA Scientific Committees (RAC and SEAC) will prepare their opinions. In the final stage, the European member states will decide whether to adopt the proposal. 

The ECHA website has a detailed description of this process with explanatory notes.

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