Test your articles to PFAS regulations for compliance
With new global chemical regulations in place to control the use of certain per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in specific applications, navigating the lack of a standardized list of PFAS for testing and differing approaches to PFAS restrictions by the EU and the U.S. can be challenging. UL Solutions can help retailers and suppliers understand and navigate PFAS regulations and compliance.
Overview of PFAS
PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, are a group of thousands of man-made substances used to make fluoropolymer coatings and products that resist water, dirt, oil, heat, stains and grease. They are used in the retail industry to manufacture water-repellent or stain-resistant articles. The application comprises uses in textiles, food packaging, cosmetics, electronics and many more.
Concerns about the impact of PFAS on the environment and human health have led to increased attention from public opinion, governments, and technical committees responsible for safety and environmental standards. PFAS, also known as “forever chemicals,” are highly persistent in the environment and can pose hazards to humans and animals. In response to these concerns, new global chemical regulations have been introduced to control the use of certain PFAS for specific applications. It is important to take action to reduce the exposure of humans and the environment to these toxic substances.
PFAS regulations in the EU and the U.S.
In the EU, PFAS, including PFOS, PFOA, PFCA and their related substances, are already regulated under REACH and POP legislation and the SVHC list. Other groups, such as PFHxS and PFHxA, are being proposed for restrictions. There are larger proposals for PFAS restriction covering a greater number of substances.
In the U.S., due to the lack of federal regulations banning the use of PFAS in consumer products, many state legislatures are acting to mitigate the use of these chemicals in various consumer products. Several states have already adopted policies that prohibit the intentional addition of PFAS in various consumer products. The state of Maine will prohibit the use of intentionally added PFAS in new products effective Jan. 1, 2030.
UL Solutions helps with PFAS compliance
UL Solutions can help you navigate PFAS regulations and mitigate compliance risks with our broad portfolio of chemical management and advisory services.
UL can partner with you on the development of a Restricted Substance List (RSL) to reduce the risk of non-compliant goods to the market.
We also offer support and training to help you stay ahead of regulatory changes and upcoming restrictions for PFAS.
With our help, retailers and suppliers can navigate PFAS regulations and bring compliant products to market.
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