Supply chain guide for identification of regulated per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances

This report is a deliverable from task 4.4 of the POPFREE project (stage 3). Based on the OECD Comprehensive Global Database of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFASs) more than 4700 substances have been categorised for their current regulatory status in Sweden, the EU and globally.

For example, more than 1000 substances were categorised as covered by the Regulation (EU) No 2019/1021 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) for Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), its salts and PFOA-related compounds. The categorisations are associated with a high level of uncertainty due to the limited size of this project.

Substance by substance evaluations have not been possible and all categorisations are based on group level criteria. Next steps forward are discussed, including the development of digital tools, to support the manufacture and use of products without PFAS. 

This report is a deliverable from task 4.4 of the UDI stage 3 project “POPFREE – Promotion of PFAS-free alternatives. POPFREE is funded by Vinnova, the Swedish Innovations Agency and coordinated by RISE.

Among the tasks is 4.4, which is led by IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute and executed in collaboration with Volvo Cars, RISE and the Swedish Chemicals Agency. The POPFREE project ran from 2020 to 2022.

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