PFAS Restriction: How it affects the Display Industry

The EU is committed to phasing out all per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). However, if it can be proven that PFAS cannot be replaced in certain products and their use is essential for society, exemptions are possible. To help you understand how the PFAS restriction will affect the display industry, we have compiled some information for you here.

 

PFAS Restriction: Key topic of discussion for the DFF and its members  

The DFF (Global Network for Display Professionals) recommends to carefully check the use of PFAS in order to be able to act on exemptions in time. Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances are a large family of synthetic chemicals. They are used in many areas, among other things because of their heat-stable and water- and grease-repellent properties.

In particular, they are used in aerospace, defense, automotive, textile (leather and apparel), construction, household, electronics, firefighting, food processing and medical products.

They are also used in display technology: for example, liquid crystal mixtures for IPS and FFS displays contain PFAS to ensure proper functioning.

The planned restrictions have been an issue for the DFF since 2022. We have already discussed them with our display experts in two of our regular meetings. Among our members there are also several experts who have been intensively dealing with the topic of PFAS for a few years. Therefore, it is a special concern for us as a global technology association to inform the display industry worldwide about the topic.

It is our goal to also exchange views on the coming restrictions with external experts and to find the best solutions for our members and the display industry as a whole.

 

DFF PFAS Working Group

We are also planning a working group in this context. Are you interested in participating?

Please contact: Hartmut Heske, General Manager DFF.

 

Official EU information on the PFAS Restriction can be found at ECHA (European Chemicals Agency):

 

Further information on the PFAS Restriction

Please find here a collection of useful information on the PFAS topic. We update the link list regularly to keep you up to date.

 

DFF Press Coverage (in German)

 

German Sources of Information

 

Further Sources of Information

 

Any questions on the topic?

Please get in touch with Hartmut Heske, General Manager DFF.