International entities are proposing to ban more than 10,000 PFAS substances in the REACH Restriction Dossier, despite the fact that a substantial body of scientific data has already demonstrated that fluoropolymers do not pose a risk to human health or the environment. Removing PFAS from the world of rubber would take extraordinary measures and would ultimately endanger the sustainability of many companies in the North American rubber Industry. ARPM's leadership team worked to identify resources to share with ARPM Members. Check back to this page as we make updates.
ARPM is working with industry leaders to put together an educational series.
The Rubber Industry and PFAS: Impacts of Forever Chemicals
The European Sealing Association (ESA) represents most Sealing Device manufacturers in Europe. The ESA has over 50 members, with a combined turnover of Euros 2.6 billion, and employs some 12,500 people. 50.6% are in manufacturing, 8.8% in R&D, and 25.9% in Sales and Marketing. The ESA works in close cooperation with the Fluid Sealing Association (FSA) which represents the large majority of Sealing Product manufacturers in USA, Canada and Mexico
In the United States, PFAS remains a priority for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and policymakers.
On October 18, 2021, EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan announced the Agency’s PFAS Strategic Roadmap. The Roadmap sets timelines by which EPA plans to take specific actions during the remaining first term of the Biden-Harris administration (2021-2024). It is focused on three central directives: (1) Research; (2) Restrict; and (3) Remediate. The Roadmap describes key actions within EPA’s program offices [Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP), Office of Water, Office of Land and Emergency Management (OLEM), Office of Air and Radiation (OAR) and Office of Research and Development (ORD)] and cross-program initiatives.
For more information on the PFAS Strategic Roadmap visit the EPA site here: https://www.epa.gov/pfas.
EPA published a National Testing Strategy simultaneously with its release of the PFAS Strategic Roadmap.
The National Testing Strategy describes how EPA identified PFAS in 24 categories. The Agency will require companies to perform testing under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Section 4 on candidate substances representing the 24 categories. The Testing Strategy also describes a tiered-testing approach for each candidate PFAS that will inform whether additional testing within a category is necessary. EPA will implement the strategy in phases with Phase IA focused on human health data and Phase II on ecological toxicity.
For more information on the National PFAS Testing Strategy visit the EPA site here https://www.epa.gov/assessing-and-managing-chemicals-under-tsca/national-pfas-testing-strategy
ARPM is working to change the perception of the rubber marketplace and raise the awareness of government representatives that these critical issues must be addressed. Senators, Congressmen, and all leaders in DC must understand the importance of the rubber products industry. No matter the size of your business, as rubber products business leaders, we are responsible for educating these decision-makers. Please set aside just 15 minutes to connect with your state representatives and contact those who serve on behalf of you. Contact the MADE IN THE USA office in Washington DC (https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/) and tell them the impact the broad ban on PFAS would have on your business and our industry as a whole and about our vulnerability because of the foreign supply chain.
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See all of the legislative and regulatory actions that state governments are taking to phase out PFAS in products and to prevent contamination in favor of safer alternatives. Click here.
Chemours has shared the following resources for the ARPM membership.
End of Life
Fluoropolymer Advocacy Groups
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which created the definition of PFAS many of these regulations use, stated “The decision to broaden the definition compared to Buck et al. is not connected to decisions on how PFASs should be grouped in regulatory and voluntary actions.”