Opportunity to share information on Stockholm Convention chemicals

2022-10-10

We are inviting industry sectors and governments to share information on how they use and dispose of per and ploy fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) chemicals listed on the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs).

This input will inform decisions about the future management of PFAS chemicals under the Industrial Chemicals and Environmental Management Standard (IChEMS).

IChEMS consultation on perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS), perfluorohexanesulfonic acid (PFHxS), perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and related substances is open from 19 October 2022.

The IChEMS is focused on stronger, more consistent management of industrial chemicals to minimise harm to the environment in the first place. This industry-focused call for information is different to the current public consultation regarding the PFAS National Environmental Management Plan (NEMP). The PFAS NEMP provides information on how to investigate, assess, and manage PFAS once it has entered the environment.

IChEMS aims to prevent pollution by providing nationally consistent standards to help industry and governments manage the environmental risks associated with industrial chemicals. This IChEMS consultation is seeking information on the import, use and disposal of PFAS substances listed on the Stockholm Convention, to inform beginning of supply chain management of these chemicals.

This call for information is most relevant to chemical importers, chemical manufacturers, the hazardous waste industry, and businesses that handle PFAS substances. This includes businesses that import, manufacture or use goods containing PFAS substances.

To have your say, visit our consultation hub before submissions close on 14 December 2022.

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Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water, 10-10-22
; https://www.dcceew.gov.au/environment/protection/chemicals-management/national-standard