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GermanyGermany addresses chemical risk management mainly through EU regulations; and is engaging in dialogues with stakeholders to exchange information and signal to industry concerns related to PFASs and to convey information to the public. These dialogues include the feasibility of alternatives. In addition, Germany developed threshold and guide values to limit the amount of PFCAs and PFSAs in drinking water and sludge and developed a background document Do without per-and polyfluorinated chemicals and prevent their discharge into the environment.

Germany and fire-fighting associations compiled a leaflet on PFCs in fire-fighting. These programmes have resulted in an increased awareness of the risks associated with certain PFASs by industry, NGOs and the public. In developing these approaches, challenges that Germany has encountered include the number of chemicals within the PFAS group, the multitude of uses of the substances, and the availability of data.

COMPARISON OF RISK REDUCTION APPROACHES FOR PFASs ACROSS DELEGATIONS
 
Action Path taken BEPs Implemented Category of PFASss addressed Articles covered? Life cycle stage(s) addressed Method of approach Public- private partnership encouraged? Level of constraint

Dialogue with stakeholders to exchange information and convey concern re PFASs, and provide information to public

Link to 2013 Guide: Environmentally responsible use of luorinated fire-fighting foams

Increase awareness for industry and public  No information available  All PFASs   Yes  Whole life cycle  Dialogue  Yes?  None
Threshold and guide values for different media, e.g. drinking water and sludge Manage exposure Water management, off-gas and solid waste management Perfluoroalkyl carboxylic and Sulfonic acids No Product use; Product disposal Regulatory No

Water treatment measures

Monitoring

 

NATIONAL RESOURCES ON ALTERNATIVES
 
Do without perfluorinated chemicals and prevent their discharge into the environment

 

 

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