New PFAS Regulations by State

A trashcan full of fast food packages and wrappers that could contain PFAS chemicals banned by new state regulations.

New PFAS Regulations by State

Recent laws prohibit the manufacture and sale of restricted products

Marietta, GA. (October 6, 2022) –

The EPA and several states have recently enacted restrictions on the use of potentially harmful PFAS in everyday products. At the federal level, the import of articles coated with long-chain PFAS is prohibited without EPA inspection. In response to emerging information, new state laws require varying degrees of control over the use of PFAS in commercial, industrial, and consumer products.

What is PFAS?

Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are manufactured chemicals widely used in product manufacture since the 1940s. Most PFAS are resistant to water, oil, heat, grease, and stains, which makes them useful in cookware and food packaging. Manufacturers also use PFAS in a plethora of everyday items, such as carpet and rug treatments, cosmetics, and personal hygiene items.

However, studies show that PFAS have entered the air, soil, and water. Decades of research have also uncovered PFAS in human blood due to long-term exposure. While the study of PFAS’s impact on humans is still ongoing, animal tests have suggested long-term exposure affects growth and development, thyroid function, reproduction, the immune system, and the liver.

PFAS Regulations by State

California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington have passed laws on the manufacture and selling of articles containing PFAS.







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PFAS Proposals

Certain states have proposed laws that restrict or ban PFAS in various personal, consumer, and industrial products. Minnesota and Vermont have proposed the banning of PFAS in cosmetics. New York has proposed the prohibition of PFAS in common apparel, while Minnesota limits a similar ban to accessories. New York has also proposed the banning of intentionally added PFAS to personal care and feminine hygiene products. 

Massachusetts has sought to limit total fluorine in cookware, carpets, and rugs to 1 ppm in products. Finally, California has proposed the prohibition of textile products with PFAS and the requirement for manufacturers to use the least-toxic alternative.


As new federal and state laws come into effect, ATS can work with manufacturers to ensure compliance with federal, state, and international regulations. Our experts perform a battery of tests to identify prohibited substances, such as perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). The main ATS laboratory utilizes innovative technology capable of detecting PFAS as low as parts per trillion (ppt).

Since our founding in 1967, ATS has supported business and industry needs with high-quality testing and thorough analysis. To learn more about our PFAS capabilities, call +1 (888) 287-5227.