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Leading manufacturers of fluorotelomer based products in North America, Europe, and Japan join to promote the responsible production, use, and management of these chemistries.


WASHINGTON (May 19, 2020) – AGC, Inc., Daikin Industries, Ltd., JCI (Johnson Controls, Inc.) and Dynax Corporation have formed a new organization, the Alliance for Telomer Chemistry Stewardship (ATCS). The group issued the following statement:

“We are proud to announce the formation of The Alliance for Telomer Chemistry Stewardship -- a global organization that will advocate on behalf of C6 fluorotelomer-based products.

“Fluorotelomer-based products are versatile chemistries with wetting and spreading features, as well as unique properties that repel water, oil and stains. These unique characteristics make fluorotelomers a critical component of first responder gear, medical garments, paints and coatings, upholstery, class B firefighting foam, and food service paper, among other uses that families and businesses across the world rely on.

“Our mission is to promote the responsible production, use, and management of fluorotelomer based products, while also advocating for a sound science- and risk-based approach to regulation. We look forward to promoting this mission to policymakers, retailers and consumers around the world.”

Fluorotelomer based products manufactured by ATSC members and currently in use have been carefully assessed as part of their development. The hazard profile of these fluorotelomer based products generally includes an assessment of one of their primary break down products, perfluorohexanoic acid (PFHxA or C6 acid), which studies have shown does not cause cancer; does not disrupt endocrine (hormone) activity; has not been shown to cause reproductive or developmental harm; does not build up in the human body; and does not become concentrated in the bodies of living organisms.

The members of the ATSC are committed to protecting public health and our environment. All members were early adopters of the voluntary U.S. EPA 2010/2015 Stewardship Program, the goal of which was to eliminate PFOA and related long-chain chemistries from global facility emissions and product content by 2015. The Stewardship program was a success, as all participating companies met these goals. The Alliance for Telomer Chemistry Stewardship is advocating that government agencies and regulators turn this successful voluntary program into responsible global regulation.


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