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.

What's new

The OECD is updating its Lists of Perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOs), Perfluoroalkyl sulfonate (PFSAS), Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), Perfluorocarboxylic Acid (PFCA), related Compounds and Chemicals that may degrade to PFCA, which was last reviewed in 2007. The updated lists is planned for Q4 2017.

Recent webinars

  • March 2017 - PFAS Groupings for the Inventory Multi-tiered Assessment and Prioritisation (IMAP) Framework
  • January 2017 - Guidance on alternatives to PFOS and its related chemicals developed by the POPs Review Committee of the Stockholm Convention and other activities of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions towards PFAS risk reduction
  • View the webinar calendar

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”.