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Five nations support PFAS restrictions

Following three years of investigations into the uses of and risks posed to human health and the environment by polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs), the national authorities of Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden have concluded that these risks are not adequately controlled. They have therefore submitted a proposal to ECHA to restrict them under REACH.

As a next step, ECHA will run the required administrative checks before the proposed restriction and supporting documents are made available on 7 February, when it will publish the detailed proposal. This is said to be one of the broadest in the EU’s history.

The scientific committees for Risk Assessment and for Socio-Economic Analysis will check that the proposed restriction meets the legal requirements of REACH in their meetings in March. If so, they will begin their scientific evaluation of the proposal, a process that usually takes about one year.

Once the opinions are adopted, they are sent to the EC and EU Member States to decide on a potential restriction. As part of this, a six-month consultation is planned to start on 22 March. An online information session will be organised on 5 April to explain the restriction process and help those interested in participating in the consultation.

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