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French Chemical Regulation: PFAS to be banned in Cosmetics and Textiles

Updated: Apr 25

On April 4th, in a unanimous vote highlighting the growing concern over environmental pollutants, the French National Assembly passed groundbreaking legislation to eliminate perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from a variety of consumer products.




French Chemical Regulation: PFAS to be banned in Cosmetics and Textiles
French Chemical Regulation: PFAS to be banned in Cosmetics and Textiles

Legislative Initiative Against Toxic Substances Gains Ground in French Parliament


Often called "forever chemicals" due to their persistence in the environment, these substances will face strict restrictions in France starting January 1, 2026, impacting cosmetics, ski waxes, and most clothing textiles.


Details and Exceptions of the New Regulation


The bill specifies a ban on the manufacture, import, and sale of cosmetics and textiles containing PFAS. A crucial exception is made for protective clothing intended for safety and civil protection professionals, with this ban taking effect later, on January 1, 2030. The initial measure included kitchen utensils in the list of restrictions, but they were removed after debates in Parliament.


Cosmetic Industry Adaptation


The cosmetic industry is already in the process of adapting. In line with deadlines set by Cosmetics Europe, the industry has been urged to phase out the use of PFAS in cosmetics by December 31, 2025. The French Federation of Beauty Companies (FEBEA) has highlighted that although the use of PFAS in cosmetics is marginal and substitutes are already being sought, it is crucial for consumers that the transition be smooth and well-regulated.


Environmental Impact and Public Health


PFAS, used since the 1940s for their heat resistance and ability to repel water and grease, have been incorporated into a multitude of products. However, their durability also means they persistently contaminate the environment, seeping into soils, groundwater, and even into food and drinking water, necessitating their strict control.





International Comparison and Future Steps


France's move to ban PFAS in cosmetics and other products aligns with similar actions in places like California, New Zealand, and the European Union, marking a growing global consensus on the need to limit these hazardous substances. The next step for this legislation is its presentation before the French Senate, where the debate on its scope and implementation is expected to continue.



French Chemical Regulation: PFAS to be banned in Cosmetics and Textiles
French Chemical Regulation: PFAS to be banned in Cosmetics and Textiles

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