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The UK amended the Persistent Organic Pollutants Regulations Release Time:2023-12-15

In 2023, the UK issued two amendments, the《Persistent Organic Pollutants (Amendment) Regulation 2023》(UK S.I.2023 No.729) and the《Persistent Organic Pollutants (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulation 2023》(UK S.I.2023 No.1217) , which amended the UK POPs regulations. That applicable to Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland). 

The specific revisions are as follows:

1. The Persistent Organic Pollutants (Amendment) Regulation 2023 (UK S.I.2023 No.729)

The manufacturing, placing on the market and use of PFOA, its salts and PFOA-related compounds shall be allowed for textiles for oil- and water-repellency for the protection of workers from dangerous liquids that comprise risks to their health and safety, until 3 December 2025. The regulations come into force on 4th July 2023.

2. The Persistent Organic Pollutants (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulation 2023 (UK S.I.2023 No.1217)

Adds new requirements for substances of PFHxS, its salts and PFHxS-related compounds.


The new requirements are as follows:





Perfluorohexane sulfonic

acid (PFHxS), its salts and

PFHxS-related compounds 

Perfluorohexane sulfonic

acid (PFHxS), its salts and PFHxS-related compounds

means the following:

(i) Perfluorohexane sulfonic acid, including any of its branched isomers;

(ii) its salts;

(iii) any substance that contains the chemical moiety C6F13SO2- as one of its structural elements and that potentially degrades to PFHxS.

355-46-4 and others

206-587-1 and others

1. Where the sum of the concentrations of

PFHxS and any of its salts present in a substance, mixture or article is equal to or below 0.025 mg/kg (0.0000025% by weight);

2. Where the sum of the concentrations of

any PFHxS-related compounds present in a substance, mixture or article is equal to or below 1 mg/kg (0.0001% by weight);

3. Where the sum of the concentrations of

PFHxS, any of its salts, and any PFHxS-related compounds present in concentrated firefighting foam mixtures that are to be used or are used in the production of other fire-fighting foam mixtures is equal to or below 0.1 mg/kg (0.00001% by weight).

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