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PFAS restriction process

15/03/2023 - Current status & information of the "AK Dichtungen"

Herewith we would like to inform you about the latest findings on the PFAS restriction process.

On 07th February 2023, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) published a preliminary version of the restriction dossier for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). This proposal intends an EU-wide ban on the production, placing on the market and use of all substances defined as PFAS. Such a ban would have a significant impact and fatal consequences for many industrial companies that use, for example, PTFE, FKM or FFKM at important parts of their production. Therefore, fluoropolymers and fluoroelastomers must be excluded from the restriction!

As part of the restriction process, a public consultation will be conducted by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) from the 22nd of March to the 22nd of September 2023, to collect as much data and information as possible to assess the impact of a general ban.

Therefore, we would like to invite you to actively participate in the consultation and thus influence and ensure the continued operation of your applications that are secure today.

Below you will find a link to the information letter from AK Dichtungen (Gasket Technology Experts Working Group), which highlights the possibility of online consultation with ECHA and informs you in detail about the current status on the PFAS restriction process.

Furthermore, we would like to ask you to forward this letter to all interested parties and industrial users of indispensable PTFE sealing materials and other fluoropolymers to make them aware of participating in the public consultation.

Thank you for your support!

>> see letter of "AK Dichtungen"