Fluoropolymers: dependable. essential. safe. get the facts.

About Fluoropolymers

Fluoropolymers play a crucial role in many products and services on which we depend in our daily lives - yet most of us don't realize it.

In recent years, concerns have been raised about PFOA, a chemical used as a processing aid in the manufacture of fluoropolymers.  The public debate on this matter has raised valid questions, which are being addressed in a number of ways.  At the same time, information on this topic in the media is often complex, and not always accurate.

On this site, you'll find a straightforward, candid discussion of fluoropolymers and PFOA.  This should address any concerns you may have, and also offer you details on the myriad benefits of fluoropolymer products.  If you have questions that are not addressed on this site, just send them to us and we'll do our best to address them.

Benefits

Ensuring electrical safety

The same electrical and safety qualities that make fluoropolymers useful for data transmission cables also increase electrical safety in cable connectors, cable jacketing, circuit breakers, heat-trace cable, leak-trace cable, stand-off insulators and tubing.

Fact or Myth?

Myth: Industry is opposed to regulations on the use of PFOA.
REALITY: The FPIC supports the appropriate regulation of the use of PFOA. In March 2006, EPA reported that members of the fluoropolymer manufacturing industry joined a voluntary EPA stewardship program with the aim of reducing emissions of PFOA from manufacturing and in products by at least 95 percent by 2010 (measured from a 2000 baseline); and eliminating PFOA from emissions and products by 2015.

Meanwhile, FPIC members have already taken voluntary steps to reduce the potential for exposure, such as using low-PFOA products, and following manufacturer's recommendations for proper processing to reduce emissions from fluoropolymer processing facilities.