PER in dry-cleaning
The ECSA Information Sheet for dry-cleaners has been updated to reflect the current legislation on perchloroethylene (PER) in dry-cleaning and to answer questions from the public that we have addressed to dry-cleaning associations.
Is PER banned anywhere?
No EU country has banned PER for
the use in dry-cleaning. 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 French Ministry of Environment and the French Health
& Labour Ministry recently issued a press release calling
for a phase-out of existing installations in dry-cleaning using
ECSA Information Sheet for Dry-Cleaners provides more details
about this recent development in France. The document is also
available in French,
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.