Attention to Companies Exporting to Japan! Following PFOA-Related Products to be Regulated
Published: Author: Visits: 77

In April 2024, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW), and the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) jointly issued the revision of the Order of Enforcement of Act on the Regulation of Manufacture and Evaluation of Chemical Substances, which is largely consistent with the draft revision published on February 1, 2024. The amendment regulates PFOA and its related compounds by categorizing them into two types: those strictly prohibited and those allowed for use within specified period and purposes. Additionally, PFOA isomers or their salts and related compounds are designated as Class I Specified Chemical Substances. Their manufacture, import, and use are prohibited except for the specified purposes and within the permitted period. The details are as follows:

Designated as Class I Specified Chemical SubstancesPermitted usesPermitted periods
Perfluoro alkanoic acid (limited to those with a branched structure and 8 carbon atoms) or their salts//
PFOA related compounds
1,1,1,2,2,3,3,4,4,5,5,6,6,7,7,8,8-heptadecafluoro-8-iodooctane (also known as perfluorooctyl iodide)The production of pharmaceutical productsDecember 31, 2036
3,3,4,4,5,5,6,6,7,7,8,8,9,9,10,10,10-heptadecafluorodecan-1-ol (also known as 8:2 fluorotelomer alcohol)The manufacture of invasive and implantable medical devicesDecember 3, 2025
Compounds designate as pentadecafluoroalkyl groups (limited to those with 7 carbon atoms) directly bonded to a carbon atom, and generate perfluorooctanoic acid or perfluoro alkanoic acid due to a chemical change due to natural action//

Products to be banned as imports, in which PFOA isomers or their salts and PFOA related compounds are used:

PFOA isomers or their saltsWater-resistant paper and oil-resistant paper
Water-repellent textiles and oil-repellent textiles
Cleaning agents
Anti-reflection agents used in the manufacture of semiconductors
Paints and varnish
Water repellent and oil repellent
Adhesives and sealing fillers
Fire extinguishers, fire-extinguishing agents, and fire-extinguishing foam
Toners
Water-resistant clothes and oil- resistant clothes
Water-repellent floor coverings and oil-repellent floor coverings
Floor waxes
Photographic paper
PFOA related compoundsWater-repellent textiles and oil-repellent textiles
Antifoaming agents
Water repellent, oil repellent, antifouling agent and fiber protectant
Optical fiber or its surface coating agents
Fire extinguishers, fire-extinguishing agents, and fire-extinguishing foam
Water-resistant clothes and oil- resistant clothes
Water-repellent floor coverings and oil-repellent floor coverings
Floor waxes

Enforcement Dates

  • Around August 2024, PFOA isomers or their salts will be officially designated as Class I Specified Chemical Substances and the ban will be implemented.
  • Around December 2024, PFOA-related compounds will be designated as Class I Specified Chemical Substances and the ban will be implemented, including a prohibition on the import of products containing PFOA isomers or their salts and related compounds.

Exporters to Japan shall examine whether their products are involved in the above situations and make timely adjustments to avoid unnecessary trade losses. CIRS will continue to monitor the latest global regulations on PFOA for you.

If you need any assistance or have any questions, please get in touch with us via test@cirs-group.com.

Further Information 

Revision of the Order for Enforcement of the Act on the Regulation of Manufacture and Evaluation of Chemical Substances