Survey on specific PFCAs (C9-C20) and other fluorinated substances (precursors or similar substances) to develop a restriction proposal under REACH

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The German Federal Environmental Agency (Umweltbundesamt – UBA) is currently investigating longer chain perfluorinated carboxylic acids (PFCAs) of chain lengths between C9 and C20 to clarify the need to subject these substances to restriction under REACH (Regulation EC No. 1907/2006). This restriction proposal will also cover so-called precursor substances of the C9-20 PFCAs (for an overview on potential substances that might be covered by this measure, please see this document). Additionally, information on alternatives, that are suited to substitute these substances in uses and products, will be integrated in the restriction proposal and will define its scope (phase out periods, exemptions). To be able to draft a suited measure and to be able to consider special requirements for single uses right from the beginning of the restriction process, the UBA is hereby initiating a collection of information in the value chains of these substances.


The objective of this survey is to increase the information basis on

  • manufactured and imported amounts of the respective substance groups
  • manufactured and imported amounts of their potential alternatives
  • the type of uses the substances are applied to as well as
  • the economic effects that are linked to the use of the substances.

Please note that it is highly important to provide information on all the use cases you know of (also if only small tonnages of a substance is applied) to avoid unintended consequences for market actors when a regulatory measure is implemented. This is especially true for uses that might contribute to a high added value of products or have a high socio economic value due to particular application (e.g. health care or pharmaceuticals).

Uses are also of particular relevance if they are linked to long phase-out periods of substances (for example due to long product development cycles, a long service life or safety related approval processes, that require longer transition periods for the phase out of substances).

How it works

There will be three question groups:

  1. Your role under REACH
  2. Specification of your PFCAs containing products and/or processes
  3. Some questions about the substitution potential


You can share this survey with other persons in your organisation, in case you wish other persons in your organisation to provide data as well. In this case, please forward the link to the survey provided in the email you have received upon your registration to the respective persons.

To pause your data input, in order to share it with your colleagues or to continue later, please click on the “Resume later” button on the bottom of the screen.

To submit the survey, you need to click the “Submit” button on the last page. All your data will be editable until you submit the survey.

In case the substance group of PFCAs and their precursors may comprise a large number of substances, we prepared an Excel sheet that you can use instead of filling in the information online. This gives you the opportunity to extract data from IT systems in your organisation and simplifies the handling of the data you may provide.

You can download a pdf-based preview of the questionnaire here



To register and to participate in the survey, please use the following link. Upon your registration, you will receive your personalized access link for the survey. The survey can be accessed an completed until February 15th, 2017.

Data safety and security

The data will be used by the German Federal Environmental Agency and Ökopol GmbH/Swerea IFV to develop a restriction proposal under REACH. The data you are providing is not anonymised when entered into the questionnaire, as we intend to organise a follow up interview process to clarify open issues that might occur upon the processing of the data you have provided. Data that becomes part of publically available documents are only used in anonymised and aggregated ways.

This survey is hosted by Limeservice GmbH Barmbeker Str. 7a, 22303 Hamburg, Germany in accordance with § 9 of the German Federal Data Protection Act.