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US | Consumer Product Safety Commission Seeks Public Input on PFAS in Consumer Products: Understanding, Assessing, and Addressing Potential Risks

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The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has taken a proactive step by issuing a notice that signifies its concern and interest in understanding the presence and potential risks associated with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in consumer products. PFAS are a group of chemicals known for their persistence in the environment and potential human health effects. In this notice, CPSC is essentially launching an information-gathering initiative to better comprehend the usage of PFAS in consumer products, the pathways through which people might be exposed to these chemicals, and the potential health consequences of such exposure.

CPSC's request for information is comprehensive, seeking input from a wide range of stakeholders, including consumers, manufacturers, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and researchers. The agency is particularly interested in understanding the types of PFAS used or potentially present in consumer products, the consumer products in which these chemicals are found, and the mechanisms by which PFAS may migrate from these products into the environment and eventually into human exposure pathways. Additionally, CPSC aims to identify population groups that might be at higher risk due to their specific consumer product usage habits.

By collecting this data and insights, CPSC is taking a proactive stance to inform its future actions. This notice does not propose immediate regulatory measures but rather seeks to accumulate knowledge and understanding that can serve as a foundation for potential future regulations or guidelines related to PFAS in consumer products. It emphasizes the importance of public engagement and scientific input in shaping the agency's response to potential PFAS-related risks in consumer products.



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