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Vermont Enacts PFAS Legislation to Prohibit Chemicals in Multiple Products


On May 30, 2024, Vermont’s Senate Bill S.25 was signed into law, marking Vermont as the twelfth U.S. state to enact legislation prohibiting intentionally added per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in specific product types and food packaging.


Introduction to PFAS

PFAS, known as “forever chemicals,” are synthetic substances favoured for their water- and grease-resistant properties. They are prevalent in products such as non-stick cookware, food packaging, waterproof clothing, and firefighting foam. However, due to their persistence in the environment and associated health risks, states across the U.S. are increasingly instituting bans on PFAS to protect public health and the environment.

Overview of  PFAS Regulatory Provisions and Effective Dates in Vermont

The new legislation imposes stringent restrictions across various consumer product categories:

  • Incontinence Products, Aftermarket Fabric Treatments, Carpets and Rugs, Artificial Turf, Cookware, Ski Wax, Juvenile Products: Effective January 1, 2026, the intentional inclusion of PFAS is prohibited.
  • Textile Articles: Apparel, footwear, accessories, home textiles, and upholstery must not contain intentionally added ‘regulated’ PFAS starting January 1, 2026. This includes PFAS added for functional/technical purposes or those that degrade into PFAS, with a Total Organic Fluorine threshold at above 100 ppm, lowering to 50 ppm for apparel and textiles by 2027.
  • Cosmetics and Menstrual Products: Starting January 1, 2026, these items are barred from containing PFAS, phthalates, and 1,4-Dioxane, with additional amendments effective from January 1, 2027.
  • Outdoor Apparel for Severe Wet Conditions: Apparel requirements starting January 1, 2028.
  • Firefighting Products: Including foam and personal protective equipment are covered under the bill. The details can be found in the legislation here.
  • Repeals of Current Requirements: Previous regulations for firefighting products, rugs, carpets, food packaging, ski wax, and aftermarket fabric treatments will be phased out by January 1, 2026.


How to Comply with Vermont PFAS Legislation

Wondering about the impact on your business? HQTS offers extensive experience helping businesses navigate and comply with international regulatory standards. Please contact HQTS Product Compliance Consultancy to get expert guidance.

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