SGS Summarizes Danish Ban on PFAS in Firefighting Foams

SGS, the world’s leading testing, inspection and certification company, has published SafeGuardS 029.24 to provide stakeholders with an overview of Denmark’s ban on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in firefighting foam (FFF) concentrates.

Executive Order No. 1360 of November 27, 2023, applies to the importation, sale and use of PFAS in FFF. It defines PFAS as any substance containing at least one fully fluorinated methyl (CF3) or methylene (CF2) carbon atom without any H/Cl/Br/I atoms attached to it.

Denmark was the first country to prohibit PFAS in food contact paper and board materials and articles in 2020. The latest piece of legislation restricts PFAS to no more than 1 mg/kg in FFF concentrates used at fire training grounds.

In addition to an exemption for FFF concentrates used in fixed firefighting systems at fire training grounds and offshore installation, there are also exemptions for PFAS regulated under:
– Regulation (EC) 1907/2006 (REACH)
– Regulation (EU) 2019/1021 on persistent organic pollutants (recast) (POP Recast)

Stakeholders should be aware the European Union (EU) is also intending to regulate PFAS in FFF and has issued a separate proposal to restrict PFAS under REACH.

The new rules came into effect on January 1, 2024. Use of non-compliant stocks of FFF concentrates at a training ground is permitted until July 1, 2024.

SGS publishes SafeGuardS to keep stakeholders informed about regulatory and market changes that may impact their business.

SGS Fire Technology Services
SGS offers comprehensive and professional fire safety services for a wide range of products, including building materials, consumer products and fire products. They provide third-party solutions covering firefighting equipment testing, combustion testing of building materials, components and transportation equipment, fire safety consultancy and safety assessments and certification. In the end, it’s only trusted because it’s tested. Learn more about SGS’s Fire Technology Services.

SGS SafeGuardS keep you up to date with the latest news and developments in the consumer goods industry. Read the full Denmark Bans PFAS in Firefighting Foams  SafeGuardS.

Subscribe here to receive SGS SafeGuardS direct to your inbox.

For further information contact:

Dr. HingWo Tsang
Global Information and Innovation Manager
Tel: (+852) 2774 7420

Kay Huang
BD Manager, Fire Technology Service
Tel: +86 135 6044 1682

LinkedIn: SGS Connectivity & Products

About SGS
We are SGS – the world’s leading testing, inspection and certification company. We are recognized as the global benchmark for sustainability, quality and integrity. Our 99,600 employees operate a network of 2,600 offices and laboratories, working together to enable a better, safer and more interconnected world.

Scroll to Top