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“The six-month online consultation on the proposed PFAS restriction is now open for anyone with information on the substances to have their say.

The restriction proposals tabled by the Danish, German, Dutch, Norwegian and Swedish authorities, and laid before the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) in January, could see the banning of virtually all new and current lower GWP HFC/HFO refrigerant blends.

The consultation is to give anyone with information on PFAS the opportunity to have their say. Of particular interest is information relevant to the risks, socio-economic aspects, and alternative substances. ECHA’s scientific committees for risk assessment (RAC) and for socio-economic analysis (SEAC) will use the consultation input to evaluate the proposed restriction and to form an opinion on it.

Online session

The ECHA will also host an online information session on 5 April from 11:00 to 13:00 Helsinki time. During the session, experts from ECHA and the five national authorities will explain the restriction process, the content of the proposal and how to participate in the consultation. They will also respond to questions from the participants.

The session will be held in English and can be viewed directly from ECHA’s homepage without registration. Questions can be sent to the expert panel in advance of the session through this link.

The consultation will close on 25 September 2023.”