The “universal” PFAS restriction proposal has been published – What’s next?
On the 7th of February 2023 the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has published the long awaited “universal” PFAS restriction proposal prepared by the competent authorities in Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden. All information regarding this proposed restriction of an undefined number of PFAS substances, estimated more than 10 000 substances, are now available at ECHA’s website.
However, what’s next for companies affected by this restriction proposal?
ECHA’s scientific committees for Risk Assessment (RAC) and for Socio-Economic Analysis (SEAC) are set to review the published PFAS restriction proposal to ensure that meets the legal requirements of EU REACH. If all goes according to the regulator’s plan, they will then begin their scientific evaluation, and the consultation process will kick-off on 22 March 2023, lasting for six months. Therefore, companies affected by this proposal will have the chance to submit their derogation requests and other contributions via the public consultation process.
RAC will evaluate the proposal’s effectiveness in mitigating risks to people’s health and the environment, while SEAC will analyze the proposal’s socio-economic impacts. Both committees will base their opinions on the proposal and feedback from the public consultation.
Once the opinions are finalized, they will be sent to the European Commission, who will decide on the potential restriction with the support of the EU Member States.
Stay tuned because on the 5th of April, 2023 ECHA will host an online information session where they will explain the restriction process and how companies affected by the published PFAS restriction proposal can participate in the public consultation.
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