PFAS

PFAS are a group of nearly 15,000 synthetic chemicals widely used in various industries for decades due to their unique water- and grease-resistant properties. These substances have been utilized in consumer products, electronics, manufacturing, automotive, firefighting foams, etc.

The Concerns Surrounding
PFAS

The issue of per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) has become a significant concern in recent years due to their negative impact on the environment and public health. These synthetic chemicals are also known as "forever chemicals" due to their high persistence, toxicity, and ability to accumulate in living organisms. Existing regulations, such as REACH, TSCA, Prop 65, and POPs, constantly evolve to regulate and restrict PFAS. Noncompliance may result in penalties, market exclusion, or product obsolescence. 

Non-compliance with the PFAS Regulation
could result in

1

Legal action, including fines and penalties imposed by regulatory authorities.

2

Cleanup costs to reduce PFAS contamination in air, water, and soil can be high and may require businesses to implement newer technologies.

3

Additional penalties may include restricted operations, permit suspension, and increased scrutiny through regulatory agency inspections and audits.

4

A negative brand reputation can lead to losing customer trust and loyalty

Challenges to staying PFAS Compliant

  • Identifying the presence of PFAS in the products
  • Finding suitable alternatives to PFAS without compromising safety and performance
  • Varying PFAS regulations across regions (While the EU proposes banning PFAS, the US has varying regional regulations.)
  • Gathering accurate data and information from suppliers and manufacturers to ensure compliance. This process requires more than just obtaining data sheets or supplier product test results, making it resource- and time-intensive.
  • Developing efficient and sustainable methods for the remediation of existing PFAS is a continuous challenge.

APAs 4 step approach to achieving PFAS Compliance

1
BOM
Analysis

Assessment to evaluate PFAS substances in the products and identify potential risks.

2
Continuous Supplier
Engagement

Supplier follow-up to ensure product data is collected, like Full Material Declaration (FMDs) and Safety Data Sheets (SDSs)

3
Documentation and
Reporting

Simplify PFAS documentation and generate BOM-level compliance reports based on US regional or EU PFAS regulations

4
Expert
Guidance

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Related Resources

Feb 9, 2023
EPA’s New Regulation Restricts PFAS
Mar 15, 2023
ECHA Publishes PFAS Restriction Proposal
May 22, 2023
Staying PFAS compliant in the world of ever-changing regulations
Oct 24, 2023
Sustainable Solutions for Global PFAS Requirements: Paving the Way Forward

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