A decade ago, the FluoroCouncil members committed to the 2010/2015 Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) Stewardship Program, a global partnership between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and industry, based on voluntary corporate goals to reduce human and environmental exposure to PFOA and related long-chain fluorinated substances. This Program led to the virtual elimination of PFOA and related long-chain fluorinated substances, including long-chain fluorotelomer-based products, from facility emissions and product content of the participating companies. To continue to meet the critical performance properties provided by the long-chain fluorotelomer-based products, FluoroCouncil member companies developed alternatives, including short-chain fluorotelomer-based products with improved environmental and health profiles.
These short-chain fluorotelomer-based products have been well-studied by the scientific community, including scientists from academia, industry, and governmental agencies. Data have also been developed and provided to regulators as part of international chemical review processes. Much of the scientific research has focused on the impact of short-chain fluorotelomer-based products on human health and the environment.
Based on this research, the short-chain fluorotelomer-based products manufactured by FluoroCouncil members do not meet criteria for chemicals of concern based on their environmental fate and potential for adverse health effects (Stockholm Convention Criteria, European REACH PBT Criteria). In addition, the materials used to produce these products (manufacturing intermediates) and the degradation products formed as these materials break down in the environment do not meet these criteria.
Summaries of the environmental fate and health risk data associated with several key short-chain fluorotelomer substances are linked below. These summaries are based on reviews of available data conducted in 2014 and updated in December 2016.
In addition to published data provided at the above links, FluoroCouncil member companies that have unpublished data on short-chain substances provide that data on their respective websites: