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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.

Latest publications on Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances

PFAS ALTERNATIVES

Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances and Alternatives in Coatings, Paints and Varnishes (CPVs)

This report examines the commercial availability and current uses of PFASs and non-PFAS alternatives in coatings, paints and varnishes (CPVs). From the wide range of applications that comprise the CPV sector, three applications have been examined more closely: coatings for cables and wiring, the front and backsheets of solar panels and household and architectural paints. The report suggests a number of policy recommendations and areas that may be considered for further work.

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PFAS FACT CARDS

Fact Cards of Major Groups of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFASs)

Check out OECD's 15 facts cards on major groups of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs). You'll find information on (1) chemical identities, synthesis and inherent properties such as bioaccumulation and transformation, (2) historical and ongoing industrial practices and commercial uses of some major commercial products, (3) regulatory status, (4) examples of reported occurrences in the environment and humans, and (5) major knowledge gaps in terms of previous sections.

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PFAS ALTERNATIVES

PFAS and Alternatives in Food Packaging (Paper and Paperboard): Hazard Profile

This report comes as a supplement to the report on “PFASs and alternatives in food packaging (paper and paperboard): Commercial availability and current uses” that summarised the commercial availability and current uses of short-chain PFAS and non-fluorinated alternatives in paper and paperboard food packaging. The 2022 report aims to complement the 2020 report by compiling information on the hazard profile of the alternatives identified.

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PFAS 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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PFAS TERMINOLOGY

Reconciling Terminology of the Universe of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances: Recommendations and Practical Guidance

This report provides recommendations and practical guidance to all stakeholders with regard to the terminology of PFASs.

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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.

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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.