A perfluorinated compound (PFC) is an organofluorine compound containing only carbon-fluorine bonds (no C-H bonds) and C-C bonds but also other heteroatoms. PFCs have properties that represent a blend of fluorocarbons (containing only C-F and C-C bonds) and the parent functionalized organic species. PFOS and PFOA are typical among them.

Perfluorooctanesulfonic acid or perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) is an anthropogenic fluorosurfactant and global pollutant. As one of the organic pollutants that found hard to be dissolved in the world, it is widely applied in the fields of textiles, paper, coatings, foam fire extinguishers, imaging materials and aviation hydraulic fluid.

Suspected of the same toxicity with PFOS, Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and its salts are usually applied in surface treatment of household products (such as non-sticker cooker) and packaging. PFOA is a persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic substance (PBT). Due to these properties it may cause severe and irreversible adverse effects on the environment and human health. Based on their PBT and CMR properties, PFOA and its salt (APFO) have been identified as substances of very high concern (SVHC) under REACH.

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EU REACH Regulation

EU POPs Regulation

Oeko-Tex®Standard 100

Canada Prohibition of Certain Toxic Substances (SOR/2012-285)

Stockholm Convention

US Prop 65

Other Stipulations

  1. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued PFOS ban in 2000, excluding special applications in aviation, photography and micro-electronics industries;
  2. The Government of Canada announced that PFOS and its derivatives were listed as hazardous substances in 2006 ;
  3. Australia stipulated that the application of PFOS and related chemicals was allowed when no safer alternatives were available;
  4. Sweden proposed a global ban on PFOS and its derivatives according to Stockholm Convention concerning POPs in 2005.

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