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Restriction of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) under REACH

Webinar date

5 April 2023 11:00 - 13:00 EEST (GMT +3), CET time zone: 10:00-12:00


Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway and Sweden have proposed a REACH restriction to address the risks to the environment and human health from the manufacture, placing on the market and use of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

A six-month consultation on the proposal started on 22 March 2023.

This webinar explains the restriction proposal, how the REACH restriction process works and how to participate in the consultation.

Questions and answers

Download Q&A (part I - consultation, opinion-making, process)
3 May 2023

Download Q&A (part II - content of the proposed restriction)
28 June 2023







Introduction to the information session and the REACH restriction process

Mercedes Marquez-Camacho, ECHA


Why is a restriction on PFAS needed?

Wiebke Drost, UBA (DE)


Details of the restriction proposal

Thijs de Kort, RIVM (NL)


How to participate in the consultation

Michael Gmeinder, ECHA


Closing remarks

Mercedes Marquez-Camacho, ECHA

12:10 – 13:00

Live Q&A



Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are very persistent in the environment. If their releases are not minimised, people, plants and animals will be increasingly exposed, resulting in harmful effects.

Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway and Sweden have drawn up a proposal to restrict PFASs in Europe (currently more than 10 000 substances). The authorities estimate that around 4.5 million tonnes of PFAS will end up in the environment over the next 30 years unless action is taken.

The proposed restriction on PFAS is set to be one of the largest ever on chemical substances in the EU.




Parties are reminded that only the Court of Justice of the European Union can give authoritative interpretations on Union law. The European Chemicals Agency does not accept any
liability with regard to the use that may be made of the information provided in the webinar. Use of the information remains the sole responsibility of the user.


  • All slides in one [PDF]Mercedes Marquez-Camacho - ECHA, Wiebke Drost - UBA (DE), Thijs de Kort - RIVM (NL), Michael Gmeinder - ECHA