Rochester Hills, Michigan -- CertiPUR-US has added three new flame retardant additives to its list of substances prohibited in its US Voluntary Physical Performance and Environmental Guidelines for Prime Flexible Polyether Polyurethane Foam for Use in Furniture and Bedding, the organisation said in a press release.
CertiPUR-US prohibits three flame retardants from its certification standard
The Guidelines detail the program's certification requirements. They now say that foams containing:
- Dimethyl Methylphosphonate (DMMP) CAS# 756-79-6;
- Tris-(2-chloroethyl)-phosphate (TCEP) CAS #115-96-8; and
- Tris-(1,3-dichloro-2-propyl)-phosphate (TDCPP) CAS#13674-87-8
will not be eligible for certification by the CertiPUR-US program.
"Our mandate is to be transparent and responsive to changes in what we know about components of flexible polyurethane foam," said CertiPUR-US program executive director Michael Crowell. "We are continually evaluating information from the science community, stakeholders, and government and regulatory agencies to ensure that our Technical Guidelines stay current. Based on strong scientific evidence, DMMP, TCEP, and TDCPP belong on our list of prohibited substances."
Crowell notes there is a great deal of misinformation about FR additives, including the mistaken assumption that FR additives are widely used in mattress foam.
CertiPUR-US is a voluntary testing, analysis, and certification program for flexible polyurethane foam used as a cushioning material in adult mattresses, crib mattresses, bedding products, upholstered furniture, and some accessory comfort products.