PFOA: Use of Existing Parts Containing PFOA

Question: Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) has recently been restricted in products on the EU market. Can I continue to use my stock of pre-existing parts in products that will be placed on the EU market if they contain the substance?

Answer: No, not unless there is an alternative expiry date approved for that product or use case. Products placed on the EU market were required to comply with this regulation starting on July 4, 2020. If a completed product was on the market before that point, it may still be sold. However, if the final product was not yet on the market, you may not place it on the market unless it meets the current requirements.

However, the PFOA expiration date for non-EU countries implementing the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants is January 1, 2021.

See also: PFOA Under EU REACH and POPs.

Article is current as of 2020-07-24.

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