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.
Guidance material and information for agencies involved in responding to per- and poly- fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination, as part of the All of Government National PFAS Programme.
- Draft guidance developed to assist with the establishment of nationally consistent sampling protocols
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.