PFOA Officially Regulated Under POPs Regulation
PFOA and its related substances are widely used in the field of industry and consumer goods due to their special properties of heat resistance, chemical resistance, water repellence and anti-grease, etc. However, PFOA is classified as persistent organic pollutants, which will cause irreversible damage to the environment and human health.
In April 2020, the European Commission has amended Annex I of EU's Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2019/1021) to ban PFOA, its salts and PFOA-related compounds. The Regulation (EU) 2020/784 will take effect on July 4, 2020. Meanwhile, the European Commission plans to delete the restriction on PFOA, its salts and PFOA-related compounds in Annex XVII to REACH Regulation from July 4, 2020.
On June 15, 2020, the Official Journal of the European Union delegated Regulation (EU) 2020/784 amending Annex I to Regulation 2019/1021, officially include PFOA, its salts and PFOA-related compounds into Annex I of POPs Regulation. Highlights are listed as following:
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1. Set detailed deadlines for certain applications of PFOA, its salts and PFOA-related compounds
2. Exemptions previously included in the Annex XVII to REACH Regulation except those among the specifications in Annex I to Regulation (EU) 2019/1021, shall be effective until December 3, 2020.
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