Zürich Statement on Future Actions on Per - and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFASs)
Boucher, Justin M.
Bopp, Stephanie K.
Buser, Andreas M.
Lau, Christopher S.
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Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) are man-made chemicals that contain at least one perfluoroalkyl moiety,–CnF2n–. To date,over 4,000 unique PFASs have been used in technical applications and consumer products, and some of them have been detected globally in humanand wildlife biomonitoring studies. Because of their extraordinary persistence, human and environmental exposure to PFASs will be a long-termsource of concern. Some PFASs such as perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) have been investigated extensivelyand thus regulated, but for many other PFASs, knowledge about their current uses and hazards is still very limited or missing entirely. To addressthis problem and prepare an action plan for the assessment and management of PFASs in the coming years, a group of more than 50 internationalscientists and regulators held a two-day workshop in November, 2017. The group identified both the respective needs of and common goals sharedby the scientific and the policy communities, made recommendations for cooperative actions, and outlined how the science–policy interfaceregarding PFASs can be strengthened using new approaches for assessing and managing highly persistent chemicals such as PFASs. Show more
Journal / seriesEnvironmental Health Perspectives
Pages / Article No.
PublisherNational Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Organisational unit03402 - Hungerbühler, Konrad (emeritus)
03850 - McNeill, Kristopher / McNeill, Kristopher
03732 - Hellweg, Stefanie / Hellweg, Stefanie
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