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Japan Intends to Regulate PFHxS and PFHxS-related Compounds

SafeGuardSToys and Juvenile Products, Automotive, Electrical & Electronics, Hardgoods, Personal and Protective Equipment, SoftlinesMarch 03, 2023

SG 33/23

Japan has launched a one-month consultation on its draft measure to regulate PFHxS, its salts and PFHxS-related compounds. Comments are accepted until March 19, 2023.

On February 18, 2023, Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (WHLW), Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and Ministry of the Environment launched a one-month consultation on their proposal to regulate perfluorohexane sulfonic acid (PFHxS), its salts and PFHxS-related compounds under the nation’s ‘Act on the Evaluation of Chemical Substances and Regulation of Their Manufacture Etc.’ (also known as the Chemical Substances control Law (CSCL)).

The draft measure contains, inter alia, several important provisions, including:

  • Prohibits the manufacture or import of PFHxS and its salts from the spring of 2024 by designating these substances as Class 1 Specified Chemical Substances
  • Prohibits the import of 10 specified products that use PFHxS, its salts or PFHxS-related compounds:
    • Fire extinguishers, fire extinguishing agents for fire extinguishers and foams
    • Etching agents used in metal processing
    • Surface treatment agents for plating or their mixture additives
    • Treated fabrics with water or oil repellent properties
    • Treated clothing with water or oil repellent properties
    • Treated floor coverings with water or oil repellent properties
    • Water and oil repellents and fiber protection agents
    • Anti-reflective agents used in the manufacture of semiconductors
    • Etching agents used in the manufacture of semiconductors
    • Resists for semiconductors
  • Establishes technical standards for handling firefighting foams
  • Prohibits the use of PFHxS, its salts or PFHxS-related compounds without establishing essential uses

According to the announcement, comments will be accepted until March 19, 2023

In recent months, the European Union (EU) and New Zealand have also issued proposals to restrict or prohibit PFHxS, its salts and PFHxS-related compounds (SafeGuardS 23/23 and SafeGuardS 32/23)

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