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 were to be restricted for most uses under Entry 68 of REACH Annex XVII. However, an update to the EU POPs Recast Regulation resulted in PFOA being restricted under that regulation instead, and the corresponding restriction removed from REACH Annex XVII. See "PFOA Under EU REACH and POPs" for more information.

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.

For more information, see About PFAS and PFOA.

Article is current as of 2020-07-10.

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