Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of many thousands of possible substances used to enhance the performance of products like textiles, cooking pans, cosmetics, and paint.
These fluorine-containing chemicals are incredibly stable due to strong chemical bonds between the carbon and multiple fluorine atoms. This stability offers interesting chemical properties such as excellent water and soiling repellence. However, this stable chemical structure means that they do not easily degrade and will persist in the environment.
PFAS are in the spotlight because of their bio-accumulative behaviour and associated health concerns, with many compounds showing high toxicity and some considered substances of very serious concern according to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). Thanks to so-called, forever chemicals, there is mounting concern on a global level about existing contamination levels and, consequently, imposing widespread restrictions. Legislation, NGO activity, industry and consumer pressure is resulting in a widespread control of PFAS in consumer products, even total bans in some industries.
Eurofins have a range of services to support PFAS control, including material and product testing and supply chain support.
Environmental matrices we perform PFAS testing on
- Consumer Products including, but not limited to, textiles, apparel, footwear, furniture, accessories, Electrical & Electronics (E&E)
- Food, feed and agricultural products
- Water; Drinking water, groundwater and wastewater
- Soil, sediment and leachate
- Plant materials
- Tissue, biosolids and blood/serum
- Emulsions and fluoropolymer dispersions
- Aqueous film forming form (AFFF)
PFAS supply chain risk management services
- Targeted testing using LCMS/MS for all listed PFAS substances according to main global specifications and standards, including ISO/AFIRM/AAFA
- Total Fluorine (TF) and, or, Total Organic Fluorine (TOF) screening for all fluorine-containing chemicals using Combustion Ion Chromatography (C-IC) as an indicator of PFAS contamination
- Adsorbable Organic Fluorine (AOF) testing for PFAS in waters
- Novel PFAS polymer testing to determine the presence of C8 and C6 chemistry
- Chem-STTM smart testing chemistry services
- MRSL testing for PFAS in chemical formulations according to the ZDHC MRSL
- ZDHC Gateway listing certification (Level 1,2,3)
- Failure support and chemical substitution advice
- Supplier management support
- PFAS training and awareness
- Prop 65 screening
Total Fluorine (TF) and Total Organic Fluorine (TOF) PFAS Screening
The number of regulations already in force and forthcoming that restrict the manufacture and use of PFAS is rapidly increasing, to the point that relying on targeted PFAS testing will not be able to ensure compliance with all future regulations.
Some PFAS regulations already in force set limits on the presence of all PFAS.
Eurofins offers quantitative Total Fluorine (TF) and Total Organic Fluorine (TOF) testing services for a wide variety of matrices, including consumer products, which can be used to screen for the presence of all PFAS in your matrix.
As PFAS chemicals contain organic fluorine, if the detected level of TOF is greater than the regulated limit of PFAS in your matrix (e.g. > 50ppm, or >100ppm for many consumer products), further analysis such as targeted PFAS testing, can be used to determine which PFAS is present to help you cleanse your supply chain.
Benefits of Eurofins PFAS testing
- Create a sustainable, eco-responsible supply chain
- Supports science-based sustainability targets
- Compliance with global legislation and buyer specifications including Prop 65
- Reduced legal violations, fines, returns and reworks
- Worker and consumer safety assured
- Trusted partner with global reach
Contact us below today for all your PFAS testing needs.
Why Eurofins Sustainability Services?
Specialist experience in leather, textiles, paper, packaging and plastics
Multiple testing facilities
Complete package from biodegradability to toxicity impacts and plant response
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