PFAS, an issue?

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Switzerland, like many other countries, has begun to address the regulation of PFAS1 (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances). Switzerland’s approach to regulating PFAS involves several government agencies and ordinances and may have evolved since then. Here are some key points about the regulatory system for PFAS in Switzerland.

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Quality of drinking water: ” Groundwater is Switzerland’s most important drinking water resource: 80 per cent of drinking water is obtained from groundwater.” 2 Source

In Switzerland, there are regulations to ensure the quality of drinking water, and PFAS are considered to be a cause for concern. The Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH) and the Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office (FSVO) have set maximum levels for various substances, including PFAS, in drinking water. The limit values of the Drinking Water Ordinance TBDV apply to PFAS in groundwater. The ordinance currently contains limit values of 0.3 or 0.5 micrograms per litre for three individual PFAS.2

Environmental regulations: The Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) is responsible for dealing with environmental issues, including PFAS contamination. Switzerland has taken measures to assess and control the presence of PFAS in the environment. (Motion 22.3929 by Councillor of States Marianne Maret) This may include regulations on the release of PFAS into water bodies and measures to investigate and remediate contaminated sites.

Regulation of chemicals: The regulation of chemicals, including PFAS, also falls within the remit of the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment. (Postulate 22.4585 by National Councillor Tiana Moser) The regulation of chemical substances in Switzerland can be influenced by international agreements and EU regulations, as Switzerland often aligns its policies with those of its European neighbours.

Product regulations: Although Switzerland has specific regulations for the use of PFAS in consumer products, these can vary greatly and are often influenced by broader EU regulations. The market is evolving, so it is important to keep abreast of the latest developments in this area.

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