Global PFC Group Addresses Best Practice and Inventory

« The OECD and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) have published a report assessing different approaches taken to control per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs).

The substances are used as ingredients, or intermediates, of surfactants and surface protectors for a wide range of industrial and consumer applications, but are in the process of being replaced because of their ability to persist and bioaccumulate.

With information from 15 countries, the report from the Global Perfluorinated Chemicals (PFC) group – Good Practices and Options to Support Shared Challenges in the Development and Implementation of PFAS Risk Reduction Approaches – aims to provide a snapshot of current activities and inform other countries about options they might take.

It has been presented at the fourth session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management – which is currently underway in Geneva. The group is also presenting options for a global emission inventory for PFASs at ICCM4.

It says:

• the OECD 2007 list of 920 should be updated;
• their global production, use and release should be surveyed and the results made public; and
• synergies between stakeholders should be made, along with links between existing programmes. »

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