EU REACH and PFOA

Question: Is perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) (CAS No. 335-67-1, EC No. 206-397-9) listed or regulated under the EU REACH regulation?

Answer: In the EU, PFOA, its salts and certain related substances are restricted for most uses under Entry 68 of REACH Annex XVII. The enforcement date is July 4, 2020.

Perfluorooctanoic acid was also banned under Annex A of the Stockholm Convention in May 2019, with a five-year exemption for certain uses. The restriction limits and use exceptions for PFOA under the REACH Annex XVII restriction align with PFOA’s listing under the Stockholm Convention.

Article is current as of 2020-05-29.

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