The Government of Canada and stakeholders from the North American auto industry are seeking information from the aftermarket on Pentadecafluorooctanoic acid (PFOA).
- A synthetic chemical
- Used by chemical companies and manufacturers to make non-stick cookware, water repellant coatings for all-weather clothing and fabrics, food packing, gaskets, O-rings and hoses
- Used in producing fluoropolymers, which are employed in commercial industry segments including aerospace, automotive, building/construction, chemical processing, electrical and electronics, semiconductor, and textile industries
Canada is a Party to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants – a global treaty to protect human health and the environment from chemicals. Parties to the Convention are required to take measures to eliminate or reduce the release of harmful chemicals into the environment.
PFOA has been recommended for listing at the Convention – with a possibility of exemptions for vehicle service and replacement parts.
The exemption is supported by OEMs:
Vehicle manufacturers have “been proactively phasing out PFOA use for some time. However, service and replacement parts might still contain PFOA. These parts represent a small percentage of PFOA use and will decrease naturally over time as the vehicle fleet turns-over. Automotive manufacturers need to ensure the availability of original equipment and spare parts in order to satisfy customer demand” (Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Association).
The need for exemptions for service and replacement parts will be further examined by the Convention in September 2018.
Information from the aftermarket is being sought to justify the exemption.
- The specificity of the use of PFOA compounds in the automotive sector in North America compared to other regions of the world
- The amount of PFOA used in different vehicle parts
Message from Government of Canada:
“We look forward to the continued participation of the vehicle sector [in this process]. We encourage the vehicle sector to provide comprehensive information as requested to assist the [Convention] in their decision making.”
Please contact Erin Chreptyk at firstname.lastname@example.org.