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FluoroTechnology is a highly innovative field. The members of the FluoroCouncil are continually enhancing their chemistries and products to meet the dynamic needs of their customers while being mindful of the environment, health and safety. These companies have made significant investments in the development of enhanced fluorine chemistries that take advantage of new, advanced technologies.
Stewardship and Responsibility
One of the FluoroCouncil’s primary goals is to support a global transition toward alternative chemistries that limit environmental impacts. These new chemistries include a new generation of FluoroTechnology that continue to provide the unique benefits of fluorinated products with environmental and biological profiles improved over their predecessors. In addition, all of the FluoroCouncil members were early adopters of the 2010/2015 PFOA Stewardship Program, a global partnership between U.S. EPA and industry based on voluntary goals to eliminate PFOA from facility emissions and product content by the end of 2015.
To help ensure the responsible development and use of FluoroTechnology, fluorine chemistry producers work with regulatory agencies at the national and international levels. These agencies have various permitting, testing and review processes in place, as well as requirements that manufacturers must meet to market their products. The members of the FluoroCouncil strive to maintain positive working relationships with their respective national and international regulatory agencies.
In the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are the primary agencies with jurisdiction over FluoroTechnology. In Europe, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) is the primary regulatory agency for FluoroTechnology, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) also has jurisdiction over some FluoroTechnology uses and individual countries in the European Union also have their own chemical regulation bodies. In Japan, these regulatory functions are served by the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry, or METI and the Ministry of the Environment (MOE).
Another major goal is of the FluoroCouncil is the adoption by the entire value chain of Best Available Techniques (BAT) and Best Environmental Practices (BEP) when using FluoroTechnology products. For example, the FluoroCouncil worked with the textile industry to develop BEP guidance that will help mills and finishers understand how to minimize waste and environmental releases, while also keeping desirable fluorinated products in their textile products.