ECHA’s committees recommend restricting a subgroup of PFAS
The Committee for Socio-economic Analysis (SEAC) supported Norway’s proposal to restrict the use of perfluorohexane-1-sulphonic acid (PFHxS) to prevent it being used as a regrettable substitute for another 'forever chemical' PFOA, which will be banned from July onwards.
Resorcinol not identified as a substance of very high concern
ECHA’s Member State Committee (MSC) did not agree to identify resorcinol as a substance of very high concern (SVHC) due to its endocrine-disrupting properties. Now, the Commission's REACH Committee will make a final decision.
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Persistent organic pollutants
PFOA banned under POPs Regulation
Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), its salts and related compounds have been banned under the Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) Regulation. The aim is to avoid exposure of EU citizens and the environment to this persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic substance group.
The ban will apply from 4 July 2020 and follows a decision taken at the Stockholm Convention in May 2019 and will replace the restriction of PFOA under REACH.
Household chemicals linked to delays in child development
A study indicates that frequent use of common household products is linked to delays in children’s development, writes Dr Hui Jiang and Dr Randi Bates from the Crane Center for Early Childhood Research and Policy. The study investigated how often children were exposed to chemicals in common household products and how this affected their early language and cognition.