Per-and poly- fluorinated Chemicals (PFAS)

Italian representative: 
Gianfranco Brambilla, Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Food safety, nutrition and veterinary public health

Per-and poly- fluorinated Chemicals (PFAS) OECD / UNEP Global Expert Group, started its activities in the 2012, and currently enrols OECD members of academia, governments, as well as representatives of other international organizations.

The PFAS OECD/UNEP Group represents the response to the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM) Resolution II/5, inviting intergovernmental organizations, governments and other interested parties to: "consider the development, facilitation in an open, transparent and inclusive way of national programs and international management and regulatory approaches, to reduce emissions and the content of relevant per-and poly-fluorinated chemicals in products and work towards global elimination where appropriate and technically feasible."

The PFAS OECD/UNEP Group aims to facilitate the exchange of information between Member States on per- and poly-fluorinated chemicals (PFAS), in order to support a global transition to safer alternatives for both human health and environment. In this context, the activities are aligned with the European Commission's strategy for Sustainable Chemistry 

The focus is mainly on those manufacturing activities that represent the main sector of use of PFAS, such as: textiles, paper and materials in contact with food, varnishes and paints, and fire-fighting foams. The information are shared both in the form of documents and webinars, for free consultation - in English. 

The dedicated Portal: provides information on the following areas: a) what are the PFAS; b) Initiatives to reduce environmental and health risk; c) Alternatives to PFAS; d) Production and emissions / environmental fate; e) initiatives taken at the level of individual states. These documents, constantly updated, are the starting point to know the state of the art on per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances assessment and management. Within this frame, the development of analytical techniques and associated strategies to support the reduction/substitution policies in the production, use, and environmental release of PFAS substances, also as unique class of compounds, are included.