In a press release published on March 19, 2020, chemicals and materials manufacturer 3M announced that it is launching a research resources website and freely releasing previously unavailable reference standards for several mixtures of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Known as the 3M Research Clearinghouse, the website features links to download previously published studies categorized as relating to lab measurement, field testing, or treatment and remediation. Reference standards for four PFAS mixtures are also currently being made available to order at no cost for institutions and researchers based in the United States. The company writes that these “samples will make it easier to reliably study and test for PFAS materials—decreasing costs and expediting timelines for researchers.”

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3M (March 19, 2020). “3M Announces Progress on PFAS Initiatives and Actions.”

Leigh Stringer (March 19, 2020). “3M launches PFAS ‘research clearinghouse’ to advance scientific knowledge.”