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Japan - Final Regulatory Action
Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS) and its salts CAS number:
1691-99-2, 1763-23-1, 24448-09-7, 251099-16-8, 2795-39-3, 29081-56-9, 29457-72-5, 2991-51-7, 31506-32-8, 4151-50-2, 56773-42-3, 70225-14-8, 92265-81-1
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Final regulatory action has been taken for the category: Industrial

Final regulatory action: The chemical is Severely Restricted

Use or uses prohibited by the final regulatory action:

All the manufacture, import, and use, except essential uses such as etching agents for voltage filters or high-frequency compound semiconductors, photo resists for semiconductor production, and photo films for industrial purposes.

Use or uses that remain allowed:

1) etching agents for voltage filters or high-frequency compound semiconductors
2) photo resists for semiconductor production
3) photo films for industrial purposes
4) fire-fighting forms
It is obligated to meet technical standards and labeling obligations.

The final regulatory action was based on a risk or hazard evaluation: Yes

Summary of the final regulatory action:

This chemical is designated as Class I Specified Chemical Substances. It is prohibited to manufacture, import or use this chemical substance.
Certain essential uses under strict control are permitted as an exception.

The reasons for the final regulatory action were relevant to: Human health

Summary of known hazards and risks to human health:

This chemical is persistent, highly bioaccumulative and has long-term toxicity to humans.

Expected effect of the final regulatory action in relation to human health:

Reduction of human exposure to this substance as its use is phased out.

Date of entry into force of the final regulatory action: 01/04/2010