ECHA Newsletter | PFAS, Safe use of Chemicals, Poison Centres | May 2020

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PFAS – convenience but at what cost?

A class of synthetic chemicals called per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) have been around since the 1940s, making our lives convenient with their anti-stick and stain-resistant properties. But the comfort they bring comes with a price. Due to their extremely strong molecular bonds, PFAS are difficult to break down and can accumulate over time in the environment and in our bodies. We spoke with experts from ECHA and the European Commission who explained why PFAS need to be regulated.

Controlling lead in ammunition and fishing – balancing benefits and viability

ECHA is currently collecting information and evidence about the use of lead in ammunition for hunting and sports shooting, as well as in fishing. The investigation focuses on the potential risks that these uses pose to human health and the environment, and what measures can be taken to control them. The Agency’s findings and recommendation will be available in the autumn.

Authorities working together to promote safe use of chemicals




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