ECHA has assessed the strengths and weaknesses of five different options to control the risks of PFASs in firefighting foams. The proposed option would ban the placing on the market, use and export of all PFASs in firefighting foams after use or sector-specific transition periods. These transition periods would give time for industry to replace PFAS containing foams without compromising fire safety. During the transition periods, those still using PFAS-based foams will have to ensure that releases to the environment are minimised. Expired foams and any waste foams would also need to be appropriately disposed.
The consultation on this proposed restriction will start on 23/03/2022 and end on 23/09/2022. When responding to the consultation, stakeholders should ensure that they are referring to the most recent version of the Annex XV report and any annexes (i.e. those published alongside the consultation). In addition, initial reactions to the proposed restriction may be submitted by the early comments deadline of 24/05/2022. In early comments respondents may outline when they plan to submit subsequent comments and on which topics. This information can assist the Rapporteurs of the committees to plan their evaluation.
ECHA will also host an info session on 5 April in order to explain the restriction process and help those interested to take part in the consultation
More information: Cindy Vandecasteele, advisor product policy, firstname.lastname@example.org, 0484/773312