China has announced the prohibition of four persistent organic pollutant (POP) chemicals. This became effective on March 26, 2019.

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China has released a notice to officially ban four POPs. 

In May 2001, China signed the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutant chemicals (POP chemicals), a global treaty to protect human health and the environment from chemicals that persist in the environment. This was ratified in August 2004.

In March 2019, the Ministry of Ecology and Environment of the People’s Republic of China published Notice No. 10 of 2019 [1] to prohibit the production, sale, use, import and export of certain POP chemicals. This announcement prohibits, among other things:

  • The production, sale, use, import and export of lindane and endosulfan

  • The production, sale, use, import and export of perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) and its salts, and perfluorooctane sulfonyl fluoride (PFOS-F)

According to the announcement, the following applications involving PFOS and its salts, and perfluorooctane sulfonyl fluoride, are exempt from the prohibition:

  • Aviation hydraulic fluids

  • Etching agents for compound semiconductors and ceramic filters

  • Firefighting foams

  • Metal plating (hard metal plating) for closed-loop systems only

  • Certain medical equipment (such as ethylene tetrafluoroethylene copolymer (ETFE) layers and radio-opaque ETFE production, in vitro diagnostic medical equipment and CCD color filters)

  • Photographic imaging

  • Photoresist and anti-reflective coatings for semiconductor devices 

These prohibitions became effective on March 26, 2019.

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