PFAS, or per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances, are a significant focus in product compliance for 2023. With new global regulations being implemented to control and limit the use of these substances, manufacturers are facing new challenges.
PFAs are known for their non-stick, water-repellent, and heat-resistant properties. Due to their persistence in the environment and potential negative health impacts, many governments around the world have begun to regulate the use of PFAS in products.
Manufacturers are facing new challenges as a result of these regulations, as they may need to reformulate products that contain PFAS or develop new alternatives. This can be a significant undertaking, as PFAS have been used in a wide range of products, including food packaging, textiles, firefighting foam, and more.
One of the key regulatory updates for 2023 is the proposed National Drinking Water Regulation for publication by the end of 2022 for PFOA and PFOS by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The agency is also evaluating additional PFAS and considering regulatory actions to address groups of PFAS.
As a manufacturer, it is important to be aware of these regulatory updates and to have a deep understanding of PFAS restrictions to protect your market access in 2023. This includes understanding the specific regulations and restrictions for the substances your products may contain, as well as staying informed about any updates or changes to these regulations.
Additionally, manufacturers may also be required to disclose the presence of PFAS in their products, or to provide information to regulators or customers about the steps they are taking to reduce or eliminate the use of PFAS. This may require the development of new testing methods, as well as new communication and reporting systems.
In order to protect your market access in 2023, it is crucial to take action now to ensure compliance with these new regulations. This may include reviewing and updating your product formulations, as well as developing a plan for compliance and communication with regulators and customers.
2023 is shaping up to be a crucial year for PFAS regulatory updates, and manufacturers must take action now to protect their market access and ensure compliance with these new regulations. These regulatory updates are creating new challenges for manufacturers but also an opportunity to ensure they are producing safe and sustainable products.