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Marine equipment can only be installed on board ships flying the flag of an EU country, Norway, Iceland and other flag states if it is marked with the MED mark of conformity, also known as the “wheelmark”.

4 July 2020 Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) CAS No 335-67-1 EC No 206-397

  1. Shall not be manufactured, or placed on the market as substances on their own from 4 July 2020
  2. Shall not, from 4 July 2020, be used in the production of, or placed on the market
Study has shown that approximately 17 000 ships has fixed firefighting foam tanks onboard, with volumes in the range from 400 litres to 18700 litres, containing PFOS, PFOA impurities and precursors, PFHxS or PFHxA or a mixture of these. Almost 7 000 ships are very likely to have PFOS in the firefighting foam onboard. Approximately 5000 ships are likely to have PFOS or traces of PFOS in their firefighting foam.