ATMOsphere to Hold PFAS-Focused Side Event at the UN Meeting in Bangkok

ATMOsphere Network PFAS-Focused Side Event at the UN Meeting in Bangkok

ATMOsphere, publisher of, will hold a side event explaining the European Restriction Proposal on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) at the 45th Open Ended Working Group under the United Nation Montreal Protocol on July 3 during a lunch break in room CR-3 from 1 to 3 pm local time in Bangkok, Thailand.

ATMOsphere is an industry observer to the Montreal Protocol and has closely followed the process leading to the publication of the EU PFAS proposal.

If enacted, the proposal would restrict the use, manufacturing and import of multiple fluorinated refrigerants that match the working definition adopted by the five European countries submitting this proposal. This definition is the one adopted by the Organization for Economic Development and Cooperation (OECD) in 2021 in its pivotal paper “Reconciling Terminology of the Universe of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances: Recommendations and Practical Guidance” and is supported by the global scientific community.

Trifluoracetic acid (TFA), a degradation product of multiple fluorinated refrigerants, also matches the proposed definition. A recent report by ATMOsphere has listed evidence of TFA accumulation, especially in Europe. The report can be download for free at this link.

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