Review of safety standards for PFAS chemicals released

The independent report on the human health reference values for per-and poly-fluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) in drinking water has been released.

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9 September 2016

The independent report on the human health reference values for per-and poly-fluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) in drinking water has been released today.

Minister for Health and Aged Care, Sussan Ley, said the full report was being released to provide timely information to the public.

Ms Ley said the report, undertaken by Adjunct Professor Andrew Bartholomaeus, had found that adoption of European human health reference standards (toxicity levels) for PFAS in drinking and recreational water was “appropriate and is protective of public health”.

The overall conclusion affirmed the values set by enHealth, the Environmental Health Standing Committee. enHealth operates under the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee and comprises representatives of the Commonwealth and state governments and the New Zealand Government.

“I have asked my Department to take the lead in responding to enquiries and to provide further information to the affected communities,” Ms Ley said.

“I have also asked the Acting Chief Medical Officer to be a spokesperson on the outcomes of the review.

“On behalf of the Australian Government, I would like to thank Adjunct Professor Andrew Bartholomaeus for his report,” Ms Ley said.

Professor Bartholomaeus’ report is available on the Department of Health website.

For more information, please contact the Minister's Office on 02 6277 7220 or 0417 318 620

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