EU Allows Continued Use Of Deca-BDE FR Agent

In a decision published Oct. 15, the European Union (EU) exempted deca-BDE flame retardant from the EU Directive on the Restriction of Hazardous Substances.

In a decision published Oct. 15, the European Union (EU) exempted deca-BDE flame retardant from the EU Directive on the Restriction of Hazardous Substances. The decision was based on a 10-year risk-assessment study, which reviewed 588 earlier studies. The EU report says, “There is at present no need for measures to reduce the risks for consumers beyond those which are being applied already.” The EU does, however, require ongoing studies of deca-BDE and states that new evidence could lead to a re-examination of this decision. Deca-BDE (decabromodiphenyl ether) is widely used in plastics.

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