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PFAS restriction
Information about the PFAS restriction

For some time, the topic around PFAS (per- and polyfluorinated alkyl compounds) has been attracting high media presence, involving the prohibition of more than 10,000 substances on European level. The current draft stipulates, in addition to the toxic and highly volatile substances, the prohibition of products which have become an integral part of our daily lives and the industry.

Specifically, according to the current draft law, this would affect fluoroplastics such as PVDF, E-CTFE, PFA or PTFE. Without these materials, the production of modern, durable components in future technologies, such as for electromobility, is not possible. Approx. 5 kg of PVDF are currently processed in an electric car battery.

Here at Röchling, we are conscientiously dealing with this topic, and can say that at least 95% of our products are free from PFAS!

Our PFAS information

What are PFAS compounds?

PFAS comprise all fluorinated substances, which have at least one fluorinated methyl or methylene group. To be able to understand the classification of fluoropolymers within the PFAS compounds, a categorisation of these is shown in the following illustration:

Fluoroplastics such as PTFE, PVDF or ECTFE are also part of this group, as they correspond to the above definition of PFAS. Fluoropolymers fundamentally differ from critical or harmful PFAS, as they cannot penetrate human cells due to their high molecular mass, and are thus not part of the CMR substances. On the contrary, due to their physiological harmlessness, these plastics have become an essential part in the medical and foodstuff industry.

Regulations currently met by Röchling


We meet the current REACh regulation

EU Regulation 1907/2006

The REACH regulation is a regulation of the European Union, which was issued to improve the protection of human health and the environment against risks which can be caused by chemicals, and to increase the competitivenss of the chemical industry in the EU at the same time. It also proposes alternative methods for the hazard assessment of substances to decrease the number of animal tests. 

Some PFAS are already regulated by law in the REACh Regulation, for example, the PFOA is included in the SVHC list.

Download REACh information


We meet the current POP regulation

EU Regulation 2019/1021

The POP Regulation (EU) regulates provisions for the production, putting into circulation, the use and release of persistent organic pollutants, as these substances are resistant and non-degradable. Part of these resistant and non-degradable substances are now also certain PFAS, e.g., perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), their salts and related compounds.

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Why fluoroplastics are so important for the industry

  • Especially high durability
  • Low coefficient of friction and non sticking
  • Excellent wear resistance
  • Good chemical resistance
  • Good heat resistance
  • High UV resistance
  • Excellent weatherability

Exampels of applications with fluoroplastics

Components for the solar engery

Components for aerospace

Components for life science

Components for wind energy

Components for electronics

Future perspective on the PFAS regulation

Now it´s your turn!

For the benefit of all, you have until 22.09.2023 to appeal to ECHA as an end-user concerning exactly your use case.

Past webinars have shown that the issue needs more clarification. ECHA has prepared and shared a video with all the information:

Röchling as a partner in critical issues

How Röchling deals with this regulations

  • Checks the processes when purchasing raw materials.
  • Complies with the respective regulations.
  • Checks whether there are new limit values.
  • Creates and checks the requested risk assessments.
  • Creates and checks the requested operating instructions.
  • Creates training concepts for the processing and finishing of fluoroplastics.
  • Introduction of further process steps to be able to respond to changes.
  • Checking replacements.
  • Checking whether PFAS may be used in other processes/substances.

"RöchlingIndustrial Group is a future-oriented company operating worldwide.
We are actively working on ensuring our vision of a sustainable and cross-generational environment. This becomes apparent through a number of projects with regard to sustainability, careful use of resources, handling of hazardous substances and much more. The implementation and responsible conduct in accordance with standards and legislation, actively working together as well as mutual understanding is in our view the foundation for a reduction in environmental pollution, thus ensuring the future of the next generations.
Not least, the use of durable fluoroplastics contributes to the conservation of limited resources and the promotion of future technologies."

Johannes Mohs, General Manager Quality


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