Fluorinated Chemicals and Challenges to Product Stewardship

Sarah Parker, Ph.D. Moderator
Natick, MA 
United States of America
Sarahann Rackl Presenter
Austin, TX 
United States of America
Andrew Worthen Co-Presenter
Austin, TX 
United States of America
Tue, 9/28: 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM PDT
Education Session 
Hyatt Regency Orange County 
Room: Grand A 


Due partly to the EPA's establishment of drinking water health advisories for certain concentrations of perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) in 2016, public perception and regulatory activity of fluorinated chemicals present in consumer products are evolving. These changes create compliance and product stewardship challenges, as fluorinated chemicals are widely used across many industries and in many manufacturing processes. Consumer products may also unintentionally—or without proper identification—contain fluorinated chemicals.

This session will help participants understand current compliance and product stewardship challenges relating to fluorinated chemicals. The speakers will cover fluorinated chemical terminology, considerations for product testing, and tips to avoid pitfalls associated with consumer product testing.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion, the participant will be able to:

• Recognize and articulate current regulations in the United States that may affect consumer products containing fluorinated chemicals
• Understand and properly use terminology related to fluorinated chemicals
• Understand properties of fluorinated chemicals that lead to their use and recognize differences between various fluorinated chemicals
• Refer to a framework that includes case studies for developing test plans, evaluating potential consumer exposures, and maintaining product stewardship objectives 

Framework Directives

Emerging Global Regulatory Issues - PFAS

Certified Professional Product Steward Domain Alignment

Domain IV: Regulatory Compliance

Content Level


Interactivity and Engagement