EU puts 200 PFAS out of business – but thousands remain | ChemSec

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The EU has decided to ban 200 PFAS substances in phases, starting February 2023. This is the first time the EU has imposed a ban on several chemicals of similar structure and properties all at once, which hopefully paves the way for more group bans.

The restriction follows on a proposal from the Swedish Chemicals Agency (KEMI) and the German Environment Agency (UBA) made back in 2017.

Although the actual ban only covers six long-chained PFAS chemicals (where the molecules consist of between 9 and 14 fluorinated carbon atoms), the number of PFAS being restricted is 200, since they can all be broken down into one of the banned six substances.



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