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A Toxics-Free Future


Long-chain PFCAs: IPEN Studies and Views

At its eighteenth meeting in 2022, the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC) concluded in its scientific review that long-chain perfluorocarboxylic acids, their salts and related compounds (hereafter called “long-chain PFCAs”) are likely, as a result of their demonstrated long- range environmental transport, to lead to significant adverse human health and/or environmental effects to the extent that global action is warranted.

In October 2023, the Committee will, among other things, consider a draft risk management evaluation for long-chain PFCAs.

This brief presents results from IPEN’s research on the presence of long-chain PFCAs in consumer products from several different UN regions, contributing additional support as to why long- chain PFCAs should be listed in Annex A of the Stockholm Convention without exemptions.

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