PFAS Reference Materials

Source: MilliporeSigma

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are man-made chemicals that have been used in industry and consumer products worldwide since the 1950s.
PFAS can be found in:

  • Food and beverages
  • Commercial household products
  • Industrial workplaces
  • Environment (water, soil, waste)
  • Living organisms

PFAS are a concern to the environment and human health due to their persistent, bioaccumulation, toxicity (PBT), mutagenic and carcinogenic properties, and their adverse reproductive effects.

This is the reason that this group of substances is regulated (PFOS was included in Annex B of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants) and closely monitored worldwide.