April 14, 2016
European Commission (EC) Regulation (EU) 2016/293 amends Regulation (EC) No 850/2004 on persistent organic pollutants (POP), adding hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD) to Annex I in POP Regulation.
According to the Regulation, HBCDD is permitted if present at equal to or below 100 mg/kg (0,01 % by weight) when it occurs in substances, preparations, articles or as constituents of the flame-retarded parts of articles.
HBCDD is currently listed in Annex XIV to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 (REACH), as a result of which HBCDD may be placed on the market or used after August 21, 2015 only if such placing on the market or use has been authorized in accordance with Title VII of Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 (REACH), or if an application has been made for such an authorization before 21 February 2014 and a decision on that application is still pending.
The amendment for listing HBCDD in POP regulation entered into force in March 2016.
Articles that contain HBCDD as a constituent of such articles and are already in use before or on March 22, 2016 may continue to be used and further placed on the market.