The European Union (EU) has amended Part A of Annex I in Regulation (EU) 2019/1021 on persistent organic pollutants (POP Recast) with the addition of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) chemicals.
The restrictions include PFOA substances, including its branched isomers, its salts and PFOA-related compounds. This latter group are substances that degrade to PFOA and includes substances that have a linear or branched perfluoroheptyl group ((C7H15)C) as one of the structural elements.
The amending regulation – Regulation (EU) 2020/784 – includes the following requirements:
Regulation (EU) 2020/784 includes ‘specific exemption on intermediate use or other specification’ and contains multiple derogations. These include allowing the use of:
The preamble to point 7 states that higher concentration limits should be established for applications that cannot meet the set values of 0.025 mg/kg for PFOA and its salts and 1 mg/kg for individual PFOA-related compounds or a combination of those compounds, which are subject to review by the Commission within two years with the aim of lowering the limits.
This latest POP recast amendment was published on June 15, 2020 and came into effect on July 4, 2020. This is the same date that restrictions on this group of substances would normally begin to apply under entry 68 to Annex XVII of REACH. Since PFOA, its salts and PFOA-related compounds are now regulated under POP recast, the European Commission is now planning to delete this entry.
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