Canada Bans Perfluorooctane Sulfonates (PFOS)
No. 28/2008 The Canada Gazette published a general ban proposed on 9 January 2008 about the usage of PerFluoroOctane Sulfonate (PFOS) and related chemicals in consumer products. The ban is effective from 29 May 2008.
The ban is based on the Canadian Environmental Protection Act 1999 (CEPA 1999) section 319 and subsection 93(1). The purpose is to prevent the usage of following substances toward the environment.
Perfluorooctane sulfonate and its salts Compounds containing C8F17SO2、C8F17SO3 or C8F17SO2N In European, the European Parliament voted for final amendment of Directive 76/769/EEC in 2007. PFOS have been restricted since late June 2008. The permissible limits are dependent on the nature of the article.
Exemption：some applications are permitted for a period of 5 years, such as fume suppressants in the following
Chromium electroplating, chromium anodizing plating and reverse etching Electroless nickel-polytetraethylene Etching of plastic substrates prior to their metalisation
European Union: Restriction
Exemption： Photoresists or anti-reflective coatings for photolithography processes Photographic films, papers and printing plates Hydraulic fluids for aviation Information Source EU Directive 2006/122/EC (PDF 68.1 KB)
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