The competent authorities for REACH of the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, and Norway are currently preparing a REACH Annex XV Restriction Dossier for the group of PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) since all these substances are considered to be persistent. The current assessment also covers several substances that are both F-gases and covered by the PFAS-definition. All questions are addressed to the whole supply chain including industry associations, manufacturers, importers, distributors, and downstream users.
The envisaged restriction proposal will cover the manufacture, the placing on the market and the use of PFAS. Derogations (with conditions) for certain uses might be possible under certain circumstances, e.g., if stakeholders can demonstrate that emissions over the whole life cycle are minimised by appropriate measures and that continued use of PFAS in the application is important for society. Conceivable conditions for exemptions could be inter alia the setting of a concentration limit or introduction of a labelling requirement. Derogations can also be time limited.
Update: The deadline for the consultation was postponed from 19 September to 17 October.