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Switzerland Bans PFHxS and PFHxS-Related Compounds

SafeGuardSHardgoods, Personal and Protective Equipment, Softlines, Toys and Juvenile Products, Electrical & Electronics, AutomotiveApril 15, 2024

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Switzerland has banned the manufacture and use of PFHxS, its salts and PFHxS-related compounds. This ban became effective in November 2023.

In Switzerland, persistent organic pollutants (POP) are regulated under the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POP Convention, RS/SR 0.814.03, version in French, German or Italian).

In March 2024, Switzerland issued RO 2024/113 (in French, German or Italian) to add perfluorohexane sulfonic acid (PFHxS), its salts and PFHxS-related compounds to the list of substances for elimination under Part I to Appendix A of the nation’s POP Convention.

Highlights of the amendment are summarized in Table 1

RO 2024/113, March 18, 2024
Decision No SC-10/13 of the Conference of the Parties on the listing of perfluorohexane sulfonic acid (PFHxS), its salts and related compounds

SubstanceScopeRequirementEffective date
  • PFHxS and its salts

  • PFHxS-related compounds
  • Production

  • Use
Prohibited (with no derogations)November 16, 2023

Table 1 

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