SGS Publishes SafeGuardS to Help Consumer Goods Businesses Understand Recent US Developments in PFAS Restrictions

SGS, the world’s leading testing, inspection and certification company, has published a SafeGuardS to help stakeholders understand the latest moves within the US to regulate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in consumers products.

PFAS, including perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS), are a diverse group of synthetic chemicals that are used in industry and consumer goods to repel water, grease, oil and/or dirt. This function means they have been used in a wide variety of consumer products, including clothing, carpets, non-stick cookware, ski wax, upholstered furniture and firefighting foams.

However, they are increasingly being regulated because of their toxic effects and negative impact on the environment. Several US jurisdictions now have measures in place to regulate PFAS, including California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, San Francisco, Santa Rosa, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.

Understanding what products are regulated in different markets can be complicated as it varies between jurisdictions. To help stakeholders, SGS has published SafeGuardS 016/23. This includes a table summarizing the jurisdiction, scope, requirements and proposed effective date for multiple bills covering PFAS.

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SGS offers a comprehensive range of testing services to help manufacturers and suppliers ensure their products are safe and comply with national and international regulations concerning harmful chemicals. In the end, it’s only trusted because it’s tested. Learn more about SGS Chemical Testing Services.

SGS SafeGuardS keep you up to date with the latest news and developments in the consumer goods industry. Read the full US Legislative Developments: PFAS in Consumer Goods SafeGuardS.

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For further information contact:

Dr. HingWo Tsang
Global Information and Innovation Manager
Tel: (+852) 2774 7420

Melanie Schubert
Senior Technical Manager
Tel: +1 312 414 9394

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