‘Forever chemicals’: French MPs approve PFAS product ban

April 4, 2024

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"Following heated debate between the left and the presidential camp, the bill was approved unanimously by the National Assembly committee, with 186 votes in favour and none against.

The bill, introduced by environmentalist Nicolas Thierry, called for a ban on the manufacture, import and sale of any cosmetic product, wax product (for skis) or clothing textile product containing per- and polyfluoroalkylated (PFAS) substances, with the exception of protective clothing for safety and civil security professionals from January 1, 2026.

While the manufacture and sale of textiles containing PFAS will be forbidden from January 1, 2030, kitchen utensils – which were initially included in the ban – were removed from the list after right-wing and majority MPs cited manufacturers' arguments over risks to employment."