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PFAS – Perfluorinated alkyl substances

Many of the per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are substances that have been identified as hazardous, persistent, mobile and environmentally persistent as so-called “eternal chemicals”.

On October 14, 2020, the EU Commission adopted its Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability and a Pollutant-Free Environment.

Based on this strategy, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) published a PFAS restriction proposal on February 7, 2023, which aims to restrict the use of around 10,000 PFAS and the placing on the market of chemical products and articles containing PFAS in the EU.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the USA is also currently preparing a similar rule under the Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA), which focuses on the restriction of PFAS on the US market and reporting requirements.

Tracking PFAS-free products at PULS

PULS is not a manufacturer of substances from the PFAS substance group. Our responsibility and scope for action therefore lies in analyzing the supply chains of our supplier materials with regard to PFAS applications and identifying PFAS-critical materials in order to be able to initiate appropriate measures in a timely manner in the event of legal restrictions. Where technically possible and economically viable, we will pursue the principle of PFAS-free supplier materials.

There are currently no bans or information obligations along the supply chain for most chemicals in the PFAS substance group. We already confirm the PFAS substances that are already banned or restricted by legal regulations such as the REACH Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006 and the POP Regulation (EU) 2019/1021 via corresponding material declarations of conformity (M-DoC) for our products, which are published on our website. In the event of further PFAS restrictions, we will comply with our information obligations to the same extent.

PULS shares and supports the risk-based approach to PFAS demanded by the ZVEI – instead of a general ban.