PFOA replacement deemed substance of very high concern

A chemical widely used in the production of non-stick coatings has been added to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) list of substances of very high concern because of its probable impact on human health and the environment.

Meeting in Helsinki this week, ECHA’s member states committee voted unanimously in favour of adding 2,3,3,3-tetrafluoro-2 (heptafluoropropoxy) propionic acid, its salts and its acyl halides – known as HPFO-DA – to the list.

Manufacturers have increasingly used the substance as a replacement for PFOA, which was recently banned under the Stockholm Convention, in the production of non-stick coatings and resins. 

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