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To the EFTA Court: Norway may not introduce a unilateral ban on PFOA




Norway must respect the procedure agreed at the European level for dealing with dangerous substances. Norway's unilateral ban on the use of PFOA (a synthetic chemical) risks undermining international co-operation preventing the use and emission of environmental toxins. 

The EFTA Surveillance Authority has therefore decided to refer Norway to the EFTA Court.

Mr. Sven Erik Svedman, president of the Authority, stated: “A common set of rules, to which all 31 EEA States are committed, has a larger impact on health and environment than national arrangements. To achieve a stricter regulation of dangerous substances, Norway must obey by the procedures laid down under the EEA Agreement.”

The REACH Regulation aims to ensure a high level of protection for both individuals and the environment from harmful chemicals. Whenever a substance presents an unacceptable risk to human health or the environment, the restriction process set out in the legislation must be followed. According to the Authority's interpretation of REACH, Norway may not introduce a unilateral ban on PFOA.

Lodging a case at the EFTA Court is the last step in a formal infringement procedure against an EFTA State. Prior to this, Norway has been informed about the Authority's view and has had a chance to bring forward its arguments as well as to settle the case by complying within the applicable deadline.


For further information, please contact:

Mr. Andreas Kjeldsberg Pihl
Press & Information Officer
tel. (+32)(0)2 286 18 66
mob. (+32)(0)492 900 187


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