PFAS in European Law and Industry


Wednesday 29th April 2015

15:30 CEST

Presentation Area next to the PERFORMANCE FORUM

Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are used in numerous industrial and consumer products because of their special chemical properties, for instance the ability to repel both water and oil. Our present knowledge of the exact chemical PFAS compositions in preparations using perfluorinated compounds is limited. This lack of knowledge means that it is difficult to provide an accurate assessment of these substances. It is a growing concern that these potentially harmful compounds can now be found throughout the global environment. Our current research focuses to substitute PFAS in practice to alternative chemistries from a performance and human and environmental hazard perspective to contribute in practice to a sustainable societal development. So Stefan will inform about both the industrial state of art and the jurstical plans of the European Union.

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About the orator

Mr Stefan Posner

Swerea IVF

Senior Researcher

Stefan Posner is polymer and textile chemist with over 30 years of experience in research on chemicals in textiles and polymeric materials in collaboration with international companies, government agencies and the academic world, working in several international projects over the years. Stefan has been working for many years with the preparatory work on chemicals legislation to international bodies and agencies such as UNEP / Stockholm Convention, the European Commission and national governments/authorities and is deeply involved in research on the identification of hazardous chemicals relevant to the textile, leather and related polymer materials and how you can practically substitute them in these value chains. Some focus groups of chemicals are fluorine chemistry and flame retardants linked to both the textile and other related uses.

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