What exactly are PFAS?
Perfluorinated and polyfluoroalkyl substances (perfluorinated compounds, PFCs) are straight or branched chain hydrocarbons with all hydrogen atoms replaced by fluorine, and are a large group of synthetic chemicals consisting of thousands of individual substances. Among them, perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) are the two representative substances of carboxylic acid and sulfonic acid among PFCs.
Why is PFAS testing important?
Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of synthetic chemicals that are widely used in consumer products, including food packaging, textiles, and apparel due to their water, stain, and oil-repellent properties. However, the persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic nature of these chemicals has raised concerns over their impact on human health and the environment. As a result, governments around the world are taking measures to restrict and regulate the use of PFAS.
Brands and retailers that use PFAS in their products must understand the market requirements and take appropriate actions to mitigate regulatory and financial risks associated with these chemicals. This includes establishing proactive and reactive controls for testing to estimate exposure and risk.
Requirements of PFAS-related policies and regulations
PFAS substances have been acceded to the Stockholm Convention at various times and are strictly regulated globally due to their simultaneously persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic hazard characteristics. Except for specific exemptions or specific uses, they are gradually being phased out in the market. Below we will briefly analyze its control in mainstream countries or regions around the world.
PFAS Testing and consulting service
CIRS C&K Testing offers a comprehensive range of PFAS testing services to help brands and retailers meet regulatory requirements and mitigate risks associated with PFAS. Our services include testing for certain PFAS restricted by EU regulations according to standards such as REACH SVHCs, REACH Annex XVII & POPs. We also offer determination of total organic fluorine (TOF) content to meet US state regulations in anticipation of passing the proposed state law into action.
At CIRS C&K Testing, we are committed to helping brands and retailers mitigate the risks associated with PFAS. Our global network of accredited laboratories can assess products to ensure compliance with national and international regulations and standards. Contact us today to learn more about our PFAS testing and consulting services.
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