In this paper we give some properties of the pairwise perfectly normal spaces defined by Lane. In particular we prove that a space (X, P, Q) is pairwise perfectly normal if and only if every P(Q)–closed set is the zero of a P(Q)–l.s.c. and Q(P)–u.s.c. function. Also we characterize the pairwise perfect normality in terms of sequences of semicontinuous functions by means of a result which contains the known Tong's characterization of perfectly normal topological spaces, whose proof we modify by using the technique of binary relations.