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Norway Bans Use of PFOA in Consumer Products

January 24, 2014

The Environmental Agency of Norway has published the Regulation FOR-2013-05-27-550, which bans the use of Perflurooctanoic acid (PFOA) and its salts and esters in textiles and other consumer products.

PFOA limits include:

  • Substances and mixtures: 10 ppm.
  • Textiles, carpets, and other coated consumer products: 1 mg/m2 in the individual components.
  • Other consumer products: 1000 ppm in the individual components.

These limits will be implemented on July 1, 2014 to all products manufactured, imported, exported and marketed in Norway, with the exception of some specific articles for which the new rules will apply January 1, 2016.

The prohibitions do not affect food packaging, food contact materials, and medical devices.