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UK Revises Legislation on POP Chemicals for Great Britain

SafeGuardSHardgoods, Electrical & Electronics, Automotive, Personal and Protective Equipment, Softlines, Toys and Juvenile Products30 Nov 2023

SG 159/23

The United Kingdom has revised its legislation on persistent organic pollutants for Great Britain. The latest amendment became effective on November 16, 2023

In 2023, the United Kingdom government issued two pieces of legislation to revise its retained Regulation (EU) 2019/1021 on persistent organic pollutants (POP) as amended by the Persistent Organic Pollutants (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 and the Persistent Organic Pollutants (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2022 (UK Statutory Instruments 2020/1358 and 2022/1293).

These two new pieces of legislation are:

  • The Persistent Organic Pollutants (Amendment) Regulations 2023 (UK S.I. 2023/729)
  • The Persistent Organic Pollutants (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2023 (UK S.I. 2023/1217)

UK S.I. 2023/729 permits the manufacture, placing on the market and use of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), its salts and PFOA-related compounds in textiles for oil- and water-repellancy for the protection of workers from dangerous liquids until December 3, 2025. This revision became effective in July 2023.

UK S.I. 2023/1217 adds perfluorohexane sulfonic acid (PFHxS), its salts and PFHxS-related compounds and their unintentional trace contaminant (UTC) values.

Both UK S.I. 2023/729 and 2023/1217 apply to Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland).

Highlights of UK S.I. 2023/1217 are summarized in Table 1.

UK Statutory Instruments 2023 No. 1217, Environmental Protection
The Persistent Organic Pollutants (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2023

SubstanceScopeSpecific Exemption as UTCEffective date
PFHxS and its saltsSubstances, mixtures or articles≤ 0.025 mg/kgNovember 16, 2023
PFHxS-related compoundsSubstances, mixtures or articles≤ 1 mg/kg (sum of all PFHxS-related compounds)November 16, 2023
PFHxS, its salts and PFHxS-related compoundsFire-fighting foam mixtures that are to be used or are used in the production of other fire-fighting foam mixtures≤ 0.1 mg/kgNovember 16, 2023

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