On February 7, 2023, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has published a proposal to ban PFAS substances.
2023年2月7日，欧洲化学品管理局 (ECHA) 发布了一项禁用 PFAS 物质的提案。
Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) have been used in various industries for decades. Some are potentially harmful to both humans and the environment. While some are completely harmless, such as PTFE. The proposed ban would have great Impact on the sealing industry, as PTFE is a crucial material for producing seals and gaskets. It would force manufacturers to seek alternative materials, which might be less effective and high cost.
The European Sealing Association (ESA) has issued a statement highlighting the need for a thoughtful approach to PFAS regulation. ESA emphasize the importance of distinguishing between harmful and non-harmful PFAS, to avoid unnecessary effect to the sealing industry.
欧洲密封协会 (ESA)发表了一份立场声明，强调需要对PFAS监管采取更周全的办法。他们强调了区分有害和无害PFAS（例如 PTFE）的重要性，以避免对密封行业造成不必要的影响。
The timeline for PFAS regulation is uncertain, as it depends on European legislative processes.
Sealtex would continue paying high attention to the market development, update it in time.