Electrical & Electronics Industry Steps up to Ban PFOS/PFOA
Directive 2006/122/EC effective from 27June, 2008
In 2006, the European Union adopted a Marketing and Use Directive (2006/122/EC) that bans the use of Perfluorooctane Sulfonates (PFOS) in a number of goods, including electronic products.
Limitations of PFOS
The Directive would not be totally outlawing PFOS as a substance or constituent of preparations in concentrations above 0.005% (50ppm), in semi-finished products or articles at a level above 0.1% (1000ppm) or in textiles or coated materials at 1 μg/m2. Certain exemptions for essential small scale uses, where there is no unacceptable risk, are only allowed to contain PFOS in large quantities.
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