We’ve discussed the origins of manmade trifluoroacetic acid (TFA) and its impact on the environment, but what about the impact of TFA on human health? Learn the answer to this question and more in globalFACT’s FACT CHECK: Setting the Record Straight on TFA. Here’s a preview:  

MYTH: TFA is a risk to human health.

FACT: TFA does not present a risk to human health.*


“Scientists have demonstrated that vast quantities of naturally occurring TFA have been present in the environment for millions of years with no indication of impact on human health. The contribution to total TFA from manmade sources (HCFCs, HFCs, and HFOs) is expected to be less than 5% for the next century and will not significantly increase the already low risk to human health. 

“A study of TFA sources, toxicity, and risks concluded that: ‘… current and estimated concentrations of TFA and its salts in the environment that result from the degradation of HCFCs, HFCs and HFOs in the atmosphere do not present a risk to humans and the environment.’

*Get all the facts about the impacts of anthropogenic TFA in the environment in FACT CHECK.