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ECHA Proposes a Restriction on DecaBDE, Flame Retardant Used in Textiles and Plastics

October 21, 2014

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) is proposing a restriction on the manufacturing, use and placing on the market of bis(pentabromophenyl) ether (decaBDE) and of mixtures and articles containing it.

Bis(pentabromophenyl)ether (decaBDE) is mainly used as a flame retardant in plastics and textiles and uses in adhesives, sealants, coatings and inks are also reported.

Under the proposed restriction, bis(pentabromophenyl) ether (decaBDE) shall not be manufactured, used or placed on the market:

  • as a substance
  • as a constituent of other substances, or in mixtures after [date of entry into force], if the concentration is equal or greater than 0.1 % by weight

Additionally, articles or any parts thereof containing (decaBDE) in concentrations equal to or greater than 0.1 % by weight shall not be placed on the market.

Public comments are open until March 17, 2015, but early comments are requested by November 17, 2014, to assist discussions within ECHA’s Scientific Committees on the restriction proposal.

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