The New PFAS Proposal Threatens Refrigerants.

- Jul 22, 2020-

Europe July 15, 2020.: Proposals to limit the use of PFOS (a range of health-threatening chemicals) could further affect The use of HFC such as HFA-134A propellant pharma grade, HFC-134a refrigerant gas, and HFO refrigerants such as R1234yf refrigerant gas etc in Europe.


National authorities in five European member states have issued warnings to industry groups to launch a joint REACH restriction proposal to limit the environmental and human health risks of manufacturing and using multiple PFAS.


European REACH (Chemical Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction) regulations provide for chemicals that can be manufactured and used within the European Union.


PFAS (perfluoroalase and polyfluoroalkyl) is a combination of more than 4,700 chemicals. They are commonly used in pollution-resistant and waterproof fabrics and carpets, cleaning products, paints, non-stick coatings and fire foams. They are known to be highly persistent in the environment, contaminating groundwater, surface water and soil, and causing serious health effects, such as cancer and liver damage.


Chemours and the European Technical Committee on Fluorocarbons (EFCTC) have warned the industry that the proposal should include any substance with a CF2 or CF3 group. The proposed countries (Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Denmark) have expanded their inclusion to include up to 8,000 substances, including commonly used HFCs and HFFS.


In a letter to industry stakeholders, Chemours and EFCTC said: "We believe that this definition goes far beyond the traditional definition of PFAS. "


Paul Ashord, of Anthes-Caleb, an A-Gas consultant, told the Keeping Up With The Post: "It is worrying that harmless PFAS can replace and replace high-GWP refrigerants. This eliminates the many refrigerant mixtures on which the industry relies, thereby jeopardizing the EU's ability to meet its F-Gas regulatory objectives. "


A link to further information and call satuns for evidence has been posted on the Website of the European Chemicals Agency. Chemours and EFCTC encourage interested parties to participate in activities before the end of July.


Chemours and EFCTC added: "The F-Gas regulations provide a great deal of information to the authorities, but the important role of HFCs and HFCs must be communicated because of their security and technical characteristics." "


Once evidence is gathered, the five national authorities have indicated that they will prepare the restrictions over the next two years. Once the proposal is submitted, it will be referred to the ECHA's Scientific Committee for comments. Any decision on REACH restrictions is made by EU member States in the European Commission and reviewed by the European Parliament and council.