National Toxicology Program

National Toxicology Program

Testing Status of Perfluorooctane Sulfonate - M040004


CASRN: 1763-23-1

Formula: C8-H-F17-O3-S

Synonyms/Common Names

  • C8 Sulfonate
  • Heptadecafluorooctane-1-sulphonic acid
  • 1-Octanesulfonic acid, 1,1,2,2,3,3,4,4,5,5,6,6,7,7,8,8,8-heptadecafluoro
  • Perfluorooctane sulfonic acid
  • PFOS

Known Uses

Surface-active agents in aqueous media. Chemical intermediate; acid catalyst for photoresists surfactant in fire fighting foam; surfactant for alkaline cleaners; emulsifier in floor polish; mist suppressant for metal plating baths; surfactant for etching acids for circuit boards; pesticide active ingredient for ant bait traps.

Chemical Properties

Toxicity Effects (HSDB)

Short-Term Toxicity

  • 28 days (Gavage)  (C20617)  Histopath in progress 
    • Rats: Harlan Sprague-Dawley
    • Dose: M&F: 0, 0.312, 0.625, 1.25, 2.5, or 5 mg/kg.

Modified One-Generation

  • Dose Range Finding (Gavage)  (MOG04004)  Completed 
    • Dose Range finding
    • Rats: Harlan Sprague-Dawley
    • Dose: 0, 0.5, 1, 1, or 2 mg/kg/day.

Special Studies

  • (K04004)  Completed 

    Genetic Toxicology

    • Micronucleus  (G04004)  Completed 
      • Rats: Harlan Sprague-Dawley
      • Male Negative 
      • Female Positive 
    • Salmonella  (A33826)  Completed 
      •  Negative 

    Organ Systems Toxicity

    • 6 GD to PND 21 Conventional Teratology (Gavage) Selected (R04046)  
      • Rats: Sprague Dawley
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