DEFRA consults on PFOS phase-out

The Environment Department (DEFRA) is consulting on the transposition of an EU Directive banning the marketing and use of perfluorooctane sulphonate (PFOS).1

The Directive came into force in December and amends the 1976 Directive on marketing and use of dangerous substances (ENDS Report 382, p 49 ). DEFRA plans to add the substance to schedule 1 of the Controls on Dangerous Substances and Preparations Regulations 2006.

It expects the burden on industry to be minimal as PFOS only has a few specialised uses. The Directive also exempts several essential uses, including photographic coatings and aviation hydraulics.

Firemen can continue to use existing stocks of fire-fighting foam containing PFOS until June 2011.