The details of a proposed restriction of around 10 000 per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) have been published on the ECHA website. PFASs – effectively “forever chemicals” are being phased out by the EU because, without restrictions, there are deemed to have negative effects on people’s health and the environment. It has been estimated that around 4.4 million tonnes of PFASs would end up in the environment over the next 30 years unless action is taken. Crucially for the Explosives and Dangerous Goods sector, such substances are used in the manufacture of compositions and components such as seals which, if they should no longer be available, will mean that compositions and components manufactured from alternative materials will need to be sourced. Clearly, it is possible that in some cases suitable alternatives may not be available and this may therefore have a significant impact on the sectors.
Given the potential industry issues that a complete ban would raise, the Institute encourages members to respond to the consultation.
A link to ECHA Proposal is available here – All news – ECHA (europa.eu)
A link to media briefing video – Media briefing: proposal to restrict PFAS chemicals in the EU
ANNEX XV RESTRICTION – Report proposal for a restriction – Annex XV reporting format 040615 (europa.eu)
The six-month consultation started on 22 March 2023 and closes on 25 September 2023 at 23:59 Helsinki time (EET) – it is important for those who have an interest to respond to the consultation and raise any concerns they have regarding PFAS used in the transport of dangerous goods and for which there are no non-PFAS alternatives. A link to consultation is available within this page to provide comments* to the consultation: Submitted restrictions under consideration
*Before responding please read the Consultation Guidance and the Information Note as they explain both the process and the proposal itself.