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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.

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.

Draft guidance

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

Consultation for this document has closed. The submissions received are undergoing review. The final guidance document will be available online once completed.

Information for media

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