Electronics industry calls for PFOA exemptions

Unrealistic new restrictions on PFOA could cause increased electrical waste and additional costs to consumers, according to the electronics industry group DigitalEurope

Unrealistic new restrictions on PFOA could cause increased electrical waste and additional costs to consumers, according to the electronics industry group DigitalEurope.

But the European Imaging and Printing Association supports the proposal, which has been already agreed by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) Risk Assessment Committee (RAC) and is up for final discussion this week by the Committee for Socio-Economic Analysis (SEAC).

PFOA and its salts have been identified as substances of very high concern (SVHCs) under REACH. The substance are not directly contained in electronic products, but are used as an aid for manufacturing fluoropolymers, base plastic materials used in a variety of electronic applications.

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