PFOS

Background

In August last year, perfluorooctane sulfonic acid and its derivatives (PFOS) became regulated across Europe under the Persistent Organic Pollutant Regulation 850/2004 (as amended). The regulation prohibits the production, supply, and use of PFOS with a few limited exceptions; the law also controls the way materials that contain PFOS must be managed and disposed of.

 

Exemptions: PFOS wetting agents and mist suppressants

Exemptions from the prohibition on production, supply, and use of PFOS include wetting agents in controlled electroplating systems; and mist suppressants for non-decorative hard chromium plating. However, these applications are not exempt from other requirements of the Regulations. Please see the attached briefing note for details.

Download the briefing : PFOS Briefing for exempt uses

 

Further information

Further information about PFOS (including access to a list of the 165 derivative substances) is available on the EA website: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/perfluorooctane-sulfonates-pfos-and-related-compounds

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