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PFAS (per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances)

PFAS are a large group of manufactured compounds that have industrial and consumer applications. There are more than 3,000 such substances, grouped in various subclasses.

PFAS is an acronym for per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances. Some of these substances – such as PFOS (perfluoroocane sulfonate) and PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) - are of concern, but levels of contamination in New Zealand are expected to be low compared to other countries.

AoG National PFAS Programme

An All-of-Government Programme (“the Programme”) has been established to ensure the successful management and coordination of Per- and poly-Fluorinated Alkly Substances (PFAS) contamination and to provide confidence and assurance to the public.

Draft for consultation

The purpose of this document, when adopted, is to ensure that the sampling processes undertaken in accordance with these protocols are robust and defensible. This document is currently undergoing consultation.

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Consultation for this document closes 24 August 2018.  

Health and Environmental impacts

Based on current information, the advice of health officials is that there is no acute health risk to people in the areas, but in specific instances more detailed local advice may be required.

An Expert Health Panel for PFAS was established to advise the Australian Government on the potential health impacts associated with PFAS exposure and to identify priority areas for further research. You can read more on the Australian Department of Health website.


Information for media

See Minister Clark's press release (25 January 2018) on the beehive website 

See Minister Parker's press release (7 December 2017) on the beehive website 

Media enquiry contact details: or 027 231 6930