EU prohibits PFHxS


You might see in the trade press that the EU have prohibited the release of PFHxS (perfluorohexane sulfonate).

This prohibition has been brought about by the ECHA (European Chemical Agency) recently declaring PFHxS to be a substance of "very high concern". 

PFHxS is a 6-carbon homologue of PFOS (Perfluorooctanesulfonic acid). As you know, PFOS-containing fire fighting foams and foams that have the potential to break down into PFOS have been a major issue in the fire fighting foam industry over the last several years.

However, this change regarding PFHxS is not a concern for us as our telomer-based C6 foams neither contain PFHxS nor have the ability breakdown to PFHxS.  This notice of high concern from the EU ECHA relates to PFOS-containing telomers, which are no longer used in the manufacture of fire-fighting foams.

To full ECHA document can be viewed here. For further information on C6 foams and PFOS, click here or if you have any questions regarding this issue, please do not hesitate to contact us.