The mitigation of risk stemming from PFAS is one of the more active regulatory frontiers in the European Union. From EU, member-state, and industry-wide developments, AgencyIQ has compiled the most salient of these updates for targeted analysis.
Commonly used in textiles, impregnation agents, paints, firefighting foams (AFFF), and many other applications, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) have been linked with the incidence of cancer, liver damage, and fertility complications, among other health issues. The carbon-fluorine bonds which make PFAS effective in creating materials resistant to water, heat, oil, and dirt also make them resistant to environmental degradation. This leads to their uniquely troubling capacity to build up in organisms and the environment, potentially intensifying their damaging effects.
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