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Registry of restriction intentions until outcome

The registry of restriction intentions until outcome lists the intentions and Annex XV restriction proposals received by ECHA.

A restriction proposal may be prepared by a Member State or by ECHA at the request of the Commission or on its own initiative for substances in the Authorisation List. It is a legal requirement for a Member State to notify ECHA of its intention to prepare a restriction dossier. The advance notice enables interested parties to plan and prepare for commenting later on.

Interested parties can follow the progress of a proposal through the restriction process, from the notification of the intention to the adoption of the final opinions by the Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) and the Committee for Socio-economic Analysis (SEAC), and the adoption of the restriction by the European Commission.

Stakeholders are encouraged to submit any relevant information to the dossier submitters during the preparation of the restriction proposal and during the consultations. Information to motivate any exemptions to the scope described in the intention is particularly useful to receive in the preparatory phase of the dossier.

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)

EC / List no: - CAS no: -
CLP Annex VI Index number
Further substance information
Submitter(s)
ECHA
Details on the scope of restriction
Restricting the use of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in fire-fighting foams.
Reason for restriction
Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) constitute a group of thousands of man-made chemicals that are widely used in various consumer and industrial products (e.g. water- and stain repellent textiles, fire-fighting foams, food contact materials and cosmetics). These substances are of increasing concern as many are likely to be persistent in the environment, whilst some are also known to be mobile, toxic and bioaccumulative. For many PFAS currently in use, there is a lack of detailed knowledge on their chemical structures, properties, uses and toxicological profiles. The Commission and ECHA recently commissioned a study on possible regulatory management options to address the risks associated with the use of PFAS in fire-fighting foams in the EU. The results show that fluorine-free fire-fighting foams are generally available and technically feasible and have been successfully used in most of the sectors identified. Fluorinated fire-fighting foams are the cause of many cases of contamination in Europe, both of soil and drinking water. The study identified the most relevant technologies for the remediation of PFAS contamination from use of fire-fighting foams. Moreover, the inclusion of PFOA, its salts and PFOA related compounds in Annex I of the POPs Regulation, following the listing under the Stockholm Convention, will lead, in the next 5 years, to the substitution of fire-fighting foams containing these substances. Considering the concern raised by substituting fire-fighting foams containing PFOA with other fluorine-based ones, the increasing availability of fluorine-free alternatives and the conclusions of ECHA’s and Commission’s study, the Commission requested ECHA to develop an Annex XV dossier in accordance with Article 69(1) of REACH for a potential restriction of PFAS in fire-fighting foams.
Remarks
Stakeholders are requested to provide any information relevant to the Dossier Submitter during the Annex XV Restriction Dossier process, either in any call for evidence or separately during the process. This information will be used, amongst other issues, to determine if any derogations are required for the potential restriction as these cannot be proposed without adequate risk and socio-economic information. If a derogation is not proposed by the Dossier Submitter then it will be incumbent on the relevant stakeholders to do so during any consultation process with a full risk and socio-economic justification accompanying it.
Status
Intention
Date of intention
01/10/2020
Expected date of submission
01/10/2021
Withdrawal date
Reason for withdrawal
Start of Call for Evidence public consultation
Deadline for comments on the Call for Evidence
Start of second Call for Evidence public consultation
Deadline for comments on the second Call for Evidence
Start of third Call for Evidence public consultation
Deadline for comments on the third Call for Evidence
Restriction report (and annexes)
Information note on restriction report
Start of Annex XV report public consultation
1st deadline for comments on Annex XV report
Final deadline for comments on Annex XV report
Comments on Annex XV report
Opinion of RAC (and minority positions)
Draft opinion of SEAC
RAC & SEAC (draft) Background document (and annexes)
Start of SEAC draft opinion public consultation
Deadline for comments on SEAC draft opinion
Comments on SEAC draft opinion
Compiled RAC and SEAC opinion (and minority positions)
Final background document (and annexes)
Adopted restriction/Commission communication
Latest update
14/10/2020

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