China to Ban the Manufacture & Circulation of Persistent Organic Pollutants



On Mar 4, MEE published a ban notice for the manufacture, circulation, use and import & export of several persistent organic pollutants conforming to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants. It stated that from Mar 26, 2019.

(*) Lindane and endosulfan are banned from manufacture, circulation, use and import/export

(*)  Perfluorooctane sulfonate  (PFOS) and its salts, and perfluorooctanesulfonyl fluoride  (PFOSF) are banned from manufacture, circulation, use and import/export other than permitted purposes

Note: PFOS and its salts, and PFOSF are eligible to be manufactured and used in below purposes:

(*) Photo imaging

(*) Photoresist and anti-reflective coating for semiconductor devices

(*) Etchant for chemical semiconductor and ceramic filter

(*) Aviation hydraulic oil

(*) Metal plating for closed-loop systems only (hard metal plating)

(*) Certain medical devices (manufacture of ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) copolymer layer and radio shielded ETFE, in vitro diagnostic medical equipment and CCD color filter)

(*) Fire extinguishing foam

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