The OECD releases a new list of PFASs

The OECD releases a new list of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFASs) based on a comprehensive analysis of information available in the public domain. In total, 4730 PFAS-related CAS numbers have been identified and categorised in this study, 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.

This work has been conducted under the OECD/UN Environment Global PFC Group in support of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) and shifting to safer alternatives for PFASs.

The New Comprehensive Global Database of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFASs) comes with a methodology report also detailing 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.

Call for data on PFASs and alternatives

The OECD is aiming to collect data for a new report on PFASs and Alternatives - Commercial Availability and Current Uses (access the Terms of Reference of the future report).

A questionnaire is available (in Word or Excel) to provide information on current uses of alternatives to PFASs specifically on the three following sectors:

  • Textile and shoes: covering apparel and outerwear, workwear (worker protection, uniforms), and other textiles. Shoes include casual and protective shoes;
  • Firefighting foam; and
  • Food packaging: including paper and paperboard

Industry (chemical manufacturers and downstream users), public authorities, NGOs and academia are invited to fill-in this questionnaire.

Please note that the deadline for response is Tuesday 31 July. 

 


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.

Synthesis paper on per and polyfluorinated chemicals (PFCs)

Risk Reduction Approaches for PFASS - Cross-Country Analysis

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

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”.