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Per and polyflourinated alkyl substances, known as PFAS for short, are a class of chemicals used around the globe in a wide array of products such as non-stick cooking pans, cosmetics, paper food packaging, clothing, and semi-conductor applications to name a few. PFAS are a clear risk to human and ecosystem health as they are extremely persistent and do not degrade into substances other than additional PFAS. This class of chemicals also has many characteristics of concern such as toxicity, bioaccumulation, mobility, and global transport. Increasing scientific evidence has linked exposure to PFAS to a number of serious health impacts such as lower birth weight and size, reduced hormone levels and delayed puberty, decreased immune response to vaccines, thyroid disease, liver damage and kidney and testicular cancer. Especially vulnerable populations such as children and the elderly are at increased risk.
The CHE-EDC Strategies Group is excited to bring you this three-part series of webinars featuring leading scientists who will explore such topics as the safety of fluoropolymers and connection to PFAS, the concept of essentiality as a means to phase out all but the most needed uses of PFAS and proposed actions on PFAS within the regulatory bodies of the EU as set out in EU Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability.
As new science emerges and policy change is enacted, the CHE EDC Strategies partnership will continue this series of PFAS webinars.