Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of over 5,000 chemicals. These human-made substances are widely used in several sectors of activity and commercialized products, including cosmetic products.
PFAS are added either deliberately as ingredients in some cosmetic products or might appear as non-intended degradation products and impurities from the production of the PFAS precursors used in certain cosmetic products.
Some of them are considered as toxic and could be absorbed by and accumulated in the human body for a long time, acting as a kind of ‘forever chemical’ that generates adverse health effects.
The regulating authorities face a real challenge due to the numerous forms of PFAS, the lack of comprehensive scientific data, and the common practice that forbidden PFAS were simply replaced by non-regulated substances.
As the leader in analytical testing, Eurofins has developed a test protocol determining PFAS in your make-up products to ensure that they are safe for the end users.