Helsinki - The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has started a public consultation on flame-retardant bis(pentabromophenyl) ether (decabromodiphenyl ether) (decaBDE) a flame retardant and five other chemicals.
This is the second step in a process which started with either a member state or the Commission flagging that decaBDE may have serious effects on human health or the environment. The consultation process is designed to help confirm or remove those worries.
If confirmed the risks resulting from the use of chemicals added to Annex XIV of the REACH legislation must be properly controlled and the substances progressively replaced when possible.
The inclusion of a substance in the Candidate List creates legal obligations to companies manufacturing, importing or using such substances, whether on their own, in preparations or in articles.
The ECHA is interested in the latest applications for DecaBDE and sunset dates as well as any specific exemptions from the need for authorisation.
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This is a full list of the chemicals to be covered by this consultation.
1. N,N-dimethylformamide (DMF)
2. Diazene-1,2-dicarboxamide (C,C'-azodi(formamide)) (ADCA)
3. Aluminosilicate Refractory Ceramic Fibres (Al-RCF)
4. Zirconia Aluminosilicate Refractory Ceramic Fibres (Zr-RCF)
5. Bis(pentabromophenyl) ether (decabromodiphenyl ether) (DecaBDE)
6. 4-(1,1,3,3-tetramethylbutyl)phenol, ethoxylated (4-tert-Octylphenol ethoxylates) (4-tert-OPnEO).