How to get involved

Considering the far-reaching implications of the EU PFAS restriction, the involvement of stakeholders across the entire value chain is critical to raise awareness on the importance and breadth of the use of fluoropolymers.

Here are some of the ways you can be involved in the regulatory process

  • Raise awareness of the impact of the PFAS restriction on your national economy and your industry in terms of investment, employment, and innovation.
  • Inform the value chain of the impact of the restriction and encourage them to contact their national authorities to share views and concerns on the fluoropolymers industry impacts.
  • Respond to the European Chemical Agency (ECHA)’s public consultation and carry out a socio-economic analysis (SEA) on fluoropolymers applications.
  • Participate in the joint outreach program organized by the fluoropolymer industry.
  • Support the communications activities of the fluoropolymer industry by sharing case studies of vital uses of fluoropolymers in your sector.

When responding to the public consultation, here are some of the main elements you should consider

  • Introduce your sector and provide details on the type of fluoropolymer you use and for which uses/application.
  • If your application is restricted as proposed, explain the impact you expect on your business and that of your customers.
  • If available, submit with your response scientific and/or socio-economic data (this can include studies or testing you may have carried out).
  • Submit data related to volumes, the performance criteria, function, and benefits of the use of fluoropolymers in your applications.
  • Submit information on alternatives (including on their availability and performance trade-offs vis-a-vis fluoropolymers).
  • Highlight standards and specifications needed to be met by your customer’s requirements and the importance of fluoropolymers to reach those standards.
  • Submit any information related to releases and exposure, including risk mitigation measures and worker handling.
  • Key information should be clearly labelled, and any statements you make should be supported by factual scientific and socio-economic data.

For more information, please consult our guidance document on how to submit your contribution to the public consultation, or reach out to us at guy@acumenpa.com.