Interest in fluorotechnology has grown, and the mission, scope and membership of FluoroCouncil has evolved. We are pleased to announce the formation of two new member driven organizations that will specialize in the advocacy of their respective groups of chemistries – fluorotelomers and fluoropolymers.
Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a large and diverse universe of chemistries that makes possible the products that power our lives. However, all PFAS are not the same. Each individual chemistry has its own unique properties and uses. This evolution recognizes that fluorotechnology includes an extremely broad range of products and uses and also recognizes the different interests of various companies and elements of the value-chain.
For example, fluoropolymers are one type of PFAS. Fluoropolymers are a specialty material that are used to make products critical to modern life, including cutting-edge healthcare applications, high-performance electronics like cell phones and laptops, and advanced transportation and aerospace applications, among many others. Fluoropolymers are an important enabling technology for society. They have a well-established safety profile and meet the accepted (OECD) criteria to be considered “polymers of low concern”, indicating that they do not present a significant concern for human health or the environment. They are large, stable, inert polymeric molecules that are too large to cross biological membranes and therefore do not present significant concerns.
Another type of PFAS, fluorotelomers, provide durable water, oil, and soil repellency, properties critical to create first responder gear, medical garments, paints and coatings, upholstery, class B firefighting foam, and food service paper, among other uses that families and businesses across the world rely on. Fluorotelomers manufactured by our members have been carefully assessed as part of their development and regulatory review. The hazard profile of these fluorotelomers generally includes an assessment of their primary break down products, including perfluorohexanoic acid (PFHxA or C6 acid), which studies have shown does not cause cancer; does not disrupt endocrine (hormone) activity; does not cause negative effects on human development or reproductive systems; does not build up in the human body; and does not become concentrated in the bodies of living organisms.
Our two new groups, the Performance Fluoropolymer Partnership and the Alliance for Telomer Chemistry Stewardship, will work independently on the advancement of their chemistries across the globe, and continue to partner on issues that affect the chemistries broadly. These independent groups will enable different parts of the industry to better focus on their respective product areas, including stewardship, science and research, while educating the public and policy makers on the critical benefits of their unique and differing uses. This new approach will allow these two new organizations more focus and market-orientation for the different members, while still providing the ability to coordinate on issues and activities of common interest.
Fluorotechnology is an engine of innovation in the 21st century, and we must work to ensure that regulation does not stifle the development of products and solutions that modern day society relies upon – but rather fuels their advancement and evolution in a way that is sustainable and scientifically sound.
For more information or to contact the Performance Fluoropolymer Partnership, please reach out to Jay West.
For more information or to contact the Alliance for Telomer Chemistry Stewardship, please reach out to Rob Simon.
For media inquiries, please contact Tom Flanagin.