EU Member States Propose Broad PFAS Restriction Under REACH
Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) number in the thousands, and all are being targeted with a REACH restriction proposal submitted to the European Chemicals Agency by the national authorities of Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden.
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“While the evaluation of such a broad proposal with thousands of substances, and many uses, will be challenging, we are ready,” says ECHA director for risk assessment Peter van der Zandt. Prepared by authorities in Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden, the restriction proposal has been handed over to ECHA’s scientific committees.
Cosmetics companies that disclose the presence of PFAS in their products and explain measures they are taking to minimize PFAS’ presence are better protected from lawsuits, says Dentons US attorney Michael Duvall.
“We’ve been keeping tabs of the amount of products containing PFAS over the last several years and, unfortunately, we’re not seeing really a lot of it going away,” said Katz, director of the Office of Cosmetics and Colors, at the Independent Beauty Association’s Cosmetics Regulations Workshop.