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Europe notifies a ban on PFHxAs in cosmetic products

L'Europe notifie une interdiction des PFHxA dans les produits cosmétiques

On 19 June 2023, the European Commission notified a proposal to amend the REACH Regulation. The proposed measure aims to ban the use of undecafluorohexanoic acid (PFHxA), its salts and related substances (a sub-group of PFASs), including in cosmetic products. The text is due to be adopted by the end of 2023.

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Key points of the draft Regulation

• To limit the release of PFHxA and prevent its accumulation in the environment, the Commission plans to ban it in several types of products, including cosmetics.
• The ban will apply as soon as the substances concerned are present in a concentration equal to or greater than 25 ppb for the sum of PFHxA and its salts, or 1,000 ppb for the sum of PFHxA-related substances.
• The ban will apply for 24 months from the date of entry into force of the Regulation.
• This text should be adopted by the end of 2023.

Notification Date

19 June 2023

Products covered

Textiles and leather in consumer products, paper and cardboard used as food contact materials, mixtures for consumer use, cosmetic products and some firefighting foams applications containing undecafluorohexanoic acid (PFHxA), its salts and PFHxA-related substances

Title of the notified document

Draft Commission Regulation amending Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No.1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards undecafluorohexanoic acid (PFHxA), its salts and PFHxA-related substances


This draft Regulation would introduce a new entry to Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No.1907/2006.
It would prohibit the use of undecafluorohexanoic acid …

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