Risk Assessment Committee backs PFAS ban in firefighting foams
Tim Bowmer and María Ottati, Chairs of our committees for risk assessment and socio-economic analysis join us to share the highlights from their March 2023 meetings.
On the agenda:
• Restricting per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)
The universal restriction proposal prepared by the authorities of Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden was discussed for the first time in the committees. Both committees confirmed that the proposal conforms with the legal requirements of REACH. A six-month consultation starts on 22 March. An online info session to all stakeholders takes place on 5 April.
• Restricting PFAS in firefighting foams
This proposal would ban the placing on the market, use and formulation of all PFAS in firefighting foams after specific transition periods. RAC adopted its opinion supporting the proposed restriction. SEAC agreed its draft opinion, which is subject to consultation until 15 May 2023.
• Restricting DMAC/NEP
This proposal would harmonise the occupational exposure limit on these two dipolar aprotic solvents to protect workers. RAC adopted its opinion supporting the initiative. SEAC agreed its draft opinion, which is subject to consultation until 15 May 2023. Both substances are harmful to reproduction and may harm the unborn child.
Tim and María walk us through the committees' opinions and how they reached their conclusions.
What the committees do
The two committees prepare scientific opinions that are used by the European Commission and EU Member States when deciding how chemical risks need to be controlled. They are made up of scientists from EU Member States and have observers from EU organisations that represent different sectors and interests.
• ECHA’s Risk Assessment Committee backs PFAS ban in firefighting foams - ECHA news, 21 March 2023
• Risk Assessment Committee - official webpage
• Socio-Economic Analysis Committee - official webpage
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