ECHA unveils 6-month plan to evaluate universal PFAS restriction proposal

BY SCOTT STEPHENS, MPA

ECHA announced the steps it will take over the next six months to evaluate the proposed universal restriction on “forever chemicals.” The unprecedented volume of comments received during last year’s public consultation means EU regulators have had to resort to exceptional measures in the REACH restriction procedure as they seek to maintain transparency, objectivity and a high level of quality.

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), which are commonly used in textiles, impregnation agents, paints, firefighting foams (AFFF) and many other applications, have been linked to an increased risk of certain cancers, developmental effects and immunosuppression.

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