Recent experimental results of effects of perfluoroalkyl substances in laboratory animals – Relation to current regulations and guidance values

The detection of perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in surface and drinking water from various countries raised the attention to the presence of these chemicals in environmental probes and led to several regulatory actions to limit exposure in human beings. There was particular concern about perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), due to their former wide-spread use. Recently, several institutions published revisions of former regulatory or recommended maximum concentrations in drinking water and food, which are markedly lower than the former values. The present short overview describes the current regulations for PFAS and compares them with the outcome of several experimental studies in laboratory animals at low-level exposure to PFOA and PFOS. In addition, regulations for short-chain PFAS are presented which, due to lack of toxicological information, are evaluated according to the concepts of Threshold of Toxicological Concern (TTC) or the Health-related Indication Values (HRIV).

Authors: Lilienthal H, Dieter HH, Hölzer J, Wilhelm M. ;Full Source: International Journal of Hygiene & Environmental Health. 2017 Mar 2. pii: S1438-4639(17)30134-7. doi: 10.1016/j.ijheh.2017.03.001. [Epub ahead of print] ;