The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has opened a public consultation that aims to restrict the use of Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), its salts and PFOA related substances. The proposal to restrict PFOA came after a report from Germany and Norway on the adequate management over the risks of PFOA.
PFOA is currently included in the Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) list under REACH Regulation. PFOA and other related substances are known to provide properties such as high friction resistance, resistance to heat and chemical agents, low surface energy, water, grease, oil and dirt repellency.
PFOA is commonly being used in a broad range of industrial applications and consumer goods, such as in fluoropolymer and fluoroelastomer production, the photographic industry, textiles and leather, paper and cardboard (including in food packaging) and in insulators for electric wires.
The public consultation is open until June 17, 2015.