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ECHA identifies certain brominated flame retardants as EU candidate restricted substances


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2023-04-28

The European Chemical Administration (ECHA) has released a 'Flame Retardant Regulation Strategy', which identifies aromatic brominated flame retardants as candidate flame retardants restricted within the EU.

On March 15, 2023, the European Chemicals Agency/ECHA released a "Flame Retardant Regulation Strategy", identifying aromatic brominated flame retardants/aromatic brominated flame retardants as candidate flame retardants restricted within the EU. This will minimize human and environmental exposure to these persistent, potentially bioaccumulative, and toxic substances to the greatest extent possible.


Aromatic brominated flame retardants, such as polybrominated diphenyl ethers, typically exhibit durability in the environment. Many aromatic brominated flame retardants, such as decabromodiphenyl, are known or suspected to be toxic and accumulate in humans and animals. Through EU wide restrictions, their release can be minimized to the greatest extent possible.

 

Before proposing potential limiting suggestions, preparations need to be made to evaluate the waste stage, the availability of suitable alternative substances or materials, etc., in order to determine whether harmful substances will be released when disassembling, recycling, or treating products containing flame retardants. The scope of limitations can cover all aromatic brominated flame retardants that have been identified or will be identified as persistent bioaccumulative and toxic (PBT) or very persistent and very bioaccumulative (vPVB) substances of high concern (SVHC) through unified classification or identification.

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