PFOA and its Salts Designed Class I Specified Chemical Substance in Japan

Stakeholders are advised that Japan
has designated 2,2,2-trichloro-1-(2-chlorophenyl)-1-(4-chlorophenyl) ethanol
(o,p’-Dicofol) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and its salts as Class I Specified
Chemical Substances under the “Act on the Evaluation of Chemical Substances and
Regulation of Their Manufacture, Etc.” (also known as the “Chemical Substance
Control Law” (CSCL).

Class I Specified Chemical Substances
are those substances that are found to be persistent, highly bioaccumulative
and have a risk of long-term toxicity to humans or other animals at the top of
the food chain. Before a business can manufacture or import these substances,
they must seek permission.

Products covered by the PFOA
restriction include:

  1. Water-resistant paper and oil-resistant paper
  2. Water-repellent textiles and oil-repellent textiles
  3. Cleaning agents
  4. Anti-reflection agents used in the manufacture of semiconductors
  5. Paints and varnish
  6. Water repellent and oil repellent
  7. Adhesives and sealing fillers
  8. Fire extinguishers, fire-extinguishing agents, and
    fire-extinguishing foam
  9. Toners
  10. Water-resistant clothes and oil-resistant clothes
  11. Water-repellent floor coverings and oil-repellent floor coverings
  12. Floor waxes
  13. Photographic paper

The Cabinet Order partially revising
the act also includes restrictions relating to the use of PFOA and its salts in
fire extinguishers, fire-extinguishing agents, and fire-extinguishing foam. For
more information, read SGS’s original SafeGuard 079/21.

The provisions in the revision come
into force on October 22, 2021.

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