EU Revises POPs Recast Regulation

The European Union (EU) has recently published several amendments
to Regulation (EU) 2019/1021, the Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) Recast

These amendments include:

  • Regulation (EU) 2020/1203 – revises the exemption requirements for
    perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS). Changes include the deletion of the third
    paragraph in point 4 and the replacing of the first paragraph with:

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“If the quantity released into the
environment is minimized, manufacturing and placing on the market shall be
allowed until September 7, 2025 for use as mist suppressant for non-decorative
hard chromium (VI) plating in closed loop systems. Provided that those Member
States where PFOS is used report to the Commission by September 7, 2024 on
progress made to eliminate PFOS and justify the continuing need for this use,
the Commission shall review the need for a prolongation of the derogation for
this use of PFOS for a maximum of five years by September 7, 2025.”

  • Regulation (EU) 2020/1204 – adds dicofol (CAS No 115-32-2) to the
    Part A of Annex I

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Both amendments were released on August 18, 2020 and came into
force on the twentieth day following publication in the OJEU.

The EU has also issued draft amendments to the POPs Recast
Regulation and held public consultations that closed on September 29, 2020.
These include draft amendments relating to:

  • PFOA and its salts and PFOA-related compounds – equal to or below
    2 mg/kg (0.0002 % by weight) where they are present in medical devices other
    than invasive devices and implantable devices
  • Pentachlorophenol (PCP) and its salts and esters – equal to or
    below 5 mg/kg (0.0005 % by weight) where they are present in substances,
    mixtures or articles

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POPs are organic chemicals that persist in the environment,
accumulate through the food chain, and have adverse effects on human health and
the environment. They are highly toxic and can bio-accumulate and survive
long-range transport. In 2001, several countries signed the Stockholm
Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants to promote their elimination and

The EU recast the POPs Regulation on June 25, 2019, which took
effect on July 15, 2019, thereby repealing the originals regulation, (EC) No.

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