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Management on classes of chemicals and flame retardants in the textiles sector

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Management on classes of chemicals and flame retardants in the textiles sector

The SAICM Secretariat, in partnership with the University of Cape Town, established a community of practice on Chemicals in Products to bring representatives from different sectors together and to create a learning network around issues related to addressing Chemicals in Products (CiP). This is a summary of the discussion on Management on classes of chemicals and flame retardants in the textiles sector, which took place on 10 December 2020.

Presenter: Ilch Yiliqi (NRDC)

The textile industry, as one of SAICM’s priority sectors, uses a large amount of chemicals across the production stages to achieve various appearances, quality, and functions in products. PFAS -- a large chemical class characterized by toxicity, persistence, mobility, and the ability to bioaccumulate -- are widely used in this sector. With growing global attention and efforts on eliminating PFAS, a class-based approach is considered efficient and effective.

The intention of this discussion is to identify the best approach to reducing PFAS exposure and pollution associated with the textile sector, with the focus on why and how PFAS should be managed as a chemical class in the textile sector.