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PFAS Regulations

Per- and poly-fluoroalkyls, known more commonly as PFAS, are a group of human-made chemicals not found naturally in the environment that have emerged as an issue of increasing interest to state legislatures and the federal government within the last decade. The PFAS group includes chemicals such as perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS).

Big 5 Sporting Goods PFAS Requirements

  • Certificate of Compliance: A formal document certifying that your products do not contain PFAS or comply with the allowable limits set by the latest regulations in every U.S. state. Attached is a Certificate we produced and may be utilized to meet this requirement. This certificate must be signed by an authorized representative of your company and include detailed product information to assist us in identifying what product this applies to.

  • Continuous Compliance: Assurance of your ongoing commitment to monitor and comply with future changes in PFAS regulations that might affect your products.

Private Label Vendor Only

  • Product Testing Reports: If applicable, include recent product testing reports from accredited laboratories that support the claims made in your Certificate of Compliance.

Vendors are responsible for ensuring that products sold to Big 5 adhere to all state and federal regulations involving PFAS content in product, and any reporting requirements. The nearest effective date of enforcement is January 2025. Big 5 will continue to monitor and adopt any laws issued by the states we do business in. Below is a list of PFAS regulations that have been enacted or introduced to legislature. If Big 5 has any new requirements involving PFAS, vendors will be contacted by the Product Safety Department.

*These updates are provided by the American Apparel and Footwear Association (last updated March 2024).


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