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PFAS Guide

PFAS chemicals are used in many product categories, even where you least expect it. The PFAS Guide can alert you to products likely to contain these chemicals and give your company advice on how to phase them out.

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Continue the PFAS Guide and learn about typical PFAS uses, how to communicate with suppliers and about chemical analysis of PFAS.


This chapter will teach you about typical “red flags” indicating that PFAS could be in a product. You will also find suggestions on how to communicate about PFAS in the supply chain and what to do if you do not get the answers you need from your suppliers, or want to verify them.

Phase out

To phase out PFAS you need to find a way to achieve the same functionality without them. The most straightforward approach is to simply replace one chemical with a safer one. But this can be tricky. Other ways include changing materials, technologies or production processes.


PFAS continue to be used on a broad scale despite their adverse health effects, linking them to issues such as cancers and infertility. Since theses “forever chemicals” do not degrade, they are now found all over the planet in our environment and in the blood of every single human being.


It has taken some time, but regulation is now finally stepping up to address this vast and problematic family of chemicals. A comprehensive PFAS ban is expected in the European Union within the coming years and a range of regulatory actions are in the pipeline in other regions as well.


Many industries use PFAS in some way or another for a variety of functions and purposes. These uses can be hard to find at a first glance. In this part of the guide, we publish reports with information on PFAS use and substitution with relevance for specific industry sectors. These reports have been published by a number of different organisations. ChemSec is not responsible nor liable for the content in them.