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Why this Portal?

This Portal serves to facilitate the exchange of information on per and poly-fluorinated chemicals, focusing specifcally on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs). In order to support a global transition towards safer alternatives, the Portal provides information on the following areas:

  1. What are PFASs?

  2. Risk reduction approaches

  3. Alternatives

  4. Production and emissions

  5. Information from countries

Information provided in this portal comes principally from the work done within the context of the OECD/UNEP Global PFC Group.

Publications on Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances

Alternatives

PFASs and alternatives in food packaging (paper and paperboard)

This report addresses the commercial availability and current uses of alternatives (chemical and non-chemical) to PFASs in food packaging (paper and paperboard). PFASs are synthetic substances that are widely used in numerous technologies, industrial processes and everyday applications. This report also includes a number of policy recommendations aimed at government authorities, international organisations and industry.

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GLOBAL DATABASE

Comprehensive Global Database of PFASs

The OECD releases a New Comprehensive Global Database of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFASs) listing 4730 new PFASs, including several new groups of PFASs that fulfil the common definition of PFASs (i.e. they contain at least one perfluoroalkyl moiety) but have not yet been commonly regarded as PFASs.

©OECD

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METHODOLOGY REPORT

Methodology report for the Global Database of PFASs

The PFASs database can be used in conjunction with the methodology report summarising the major findings with respect to the total numbers and types of PFASs identified, the limitations, gaps and challenges identified in the development of the new list, and opportunities for improving the future understanding of PFASs production, use on the global market, and presence in the environment, biota, and other matrices.

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SYNTHESIS PAPER

Synthesis paper on per and polyfluorinated chemicals (PFCs)

This report provides a synthetic overview of the key issues, initiatives and information sources on four topics: PFC uses, scientific evidence, alternatives and regulatory approaches.

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RISK REDUCTION

Risk Reduction Approaches for PFASS - Cross-Country Analysis

This report provides an overview of current activities with regard to the development of risk reduction approaches for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances in a number of jurisdictions.

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PFASs INVENTORY

Working Towards a Global Emission Inventory of PFASs - Focus on PFCAs

This report works towards establishing a global emission inventory for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) and uses perfluoroalkyl carboxylic acids (PFCAs) as a reference to present an overall picture of global and regional emissions of PFASs and other related fluorinated substances.

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OECD/UNEP Global PFC Group

This Portal is managed by the OECD/UNEP Global Perfluorinated Chemicals (PFC) Group.

The Group, established in 2012, brings together experts from OECD member and non-member countries in academia, governments, industry and NGOs as well as representatives from other international organisations.

This Group was established in response to the International Conference on Chemicals Management (Resolution II/5), calling upon intergovernmental organisations, governments and other stakeholders to:


consider the development, facilitation and promotion in an open, transparent and inclusive manner of national and international stewardship programmes and regulatory approaches to reduce emissions and the content of relevant perfluorinated chemicals of concern in products and to work toward global elimination, where appropriate and technically feasible”.

With the financial assistance of the European Union

The OECD Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) project has been produced with the financial assistance of the European Union. The views expressed herein can in no way be taken to reflect the official opinion of the European Union.