Perpolyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Proposal Update
There has been much discussion surrounding the REACH Annex XV restrictions proposal on all Perpolyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).
To recap the proposed regulation is seeking for all fluorinated PFAS Chemicals to be eventually banned across Europe and has now reached the middle of the consultation period. The vote for entry into force is not expected until 2025/26 and enforcement would only follow after an 18-month transition period. Therefore, first enforcement would not be expected until 2027.
On a positive note, it is worth stating that this still remains just a proposal, and only certain PFAS have known health concerns; those which use PFAS surfactants in the production of various fluorinated polymers. In addition, many of the materials that are considered within the PFAS group are described as being substances of low concern.
However, despite these many mitigating factors, the industry is taking the proposal seriously. Suppliers have indicated that they are working proactively to minimise any impact that such a restriction might have, considering new formulations and/or have surfactant free processes under investigation and development.
Silex Ltd and MVQ Silicones GmbH already conform to all regulations currently in place and will, of course, continue to closely monitor the progress of this proposal and will issue further updates as and when further information becomes available.