Enforcement authorities to target PFCAs and related substances

ECHA's Enforcement Forum has agreed to run a pilot project to check for the presence of restricted perfluorocarboxylic acids (PFCAs) and related substances in consumer products such as cosmetics.

The objective is to protect consumers from being exposed to PFCAs and related substances, including perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), which have been identified as substances of very high concern due to their hazardous properties.

The project will also raise awareness about the restrictions under the REACH and Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) regulations among companies that sell cosmetics and other consumer products.

Inspections in this pilot project will begin in 2023 and continue throughout 12 participating countries during 2024.The project report should be published at the end of 2024.

More information available on ECHA’s dedicated website.