Last reviewed 17 November 2023

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has published the responses received to the recent consultation on the proposal to restrict per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the European Economic Area.

The ECHA received 5642 responses from more than 4400 organisations, companies and individuals.

The responses are compiled in 123 Word files that can be accessed through an index spreadsheet providing an overview of the feedback.

The proposal, submitted to the ECHA in January 2023, was prepared by five European countries. It is currently being evaluated by the ECHA’s Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) and Committee for Socio-Economic Analysis (SEAC).

The ECHA explains:

“RAC and SEAC are evaluating the proposed restriction and considering the relevant information received through the consultation. The committees develop their independent, scientific opinions over a series of meetings, where draft opinions are discussed. Attention is given to all aspects and impacted sectors.

“ECHA will deliver the final opinions to the European Commission in the shortest possible timeframe, while ensuring proper scrutiny by the scientific committees. Once the committees adopt their opinions, they will be communicated to the public.

“The Commission, together with the EU Member States, will decide on the restriction.”