PER in Dry-cleaning (including national issues)

Is the use of PER in dry-cleaning restricted or banned anywhere in Europe?

PER is itself not completely banned for the use in dry-cleaning anywhere in Europe. It is facing certain restrictions in EU member states.

France passed a specific national regulation (arrêté 2345), that entered into force on 1st March 2013, that intends to progressively phase out machines using PER in residential areas until 2022.

Denmark implemented measures, which are often mentioned as a ban on PER, while it rather implements strict measures for all solvents used in dry- cleaning. According to the Danish Dry-Cleaning Association, two-thirds of the Danish dry-cleaners use PER.

The ECSA Information Sheet for Dry-Cleaners summarises the benefits of PER as well as regulatory information on dry-cleaning. It has just been updated in May 2020 in English and other language versions will be available in the near future.

In the meantime, the former document is available in French, German, Dutch, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese. Click on the links below to see these.

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As partner in a EU Leonardo Da Vinci project, ECSA has developed web based training tools for professional dry-cleaning shops with information about legislation and detailed guidance on safe handling with on-line examination and certification possibilities.

Follow the link to the E-DryClean project.