Governments reject immediate PFOS controls

OECD hazard assessment ends with agreement for further examination of exposure, risk

Member countries of the Paris-based OECD have decided against immediate common controls on the persistent chemical perfluorooctylsulphonate and its salts (PFOS) after endorsing a hazard assessment on the group. Instead, governments are being encouraged to undertake their own exposure and risk assessments.

The members agreed to contact the PFOS manufacturers in their countries to determine whether these companies have plans to phase out PFOS production. They also agreed to report each year on new PFOS-related information concerning production, use and exposure along with any new details of exposure routes.

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