We are a group of global flame retardant manufacturers and users committed to fire safety and improving the health and environmental profiles of our products.

Pinfa is the Phosphorus, Inorganic and Nitrogen Flame Retardants Association and is a Sector Group within Cefic, the European Chemical Industry Council. Pinfa represents the manufacturers and users of non-halogenated phosphorus, inorganic and nitrogen flame retardants (PIN FRs). The members of Pinfa share the common vision of continuously improving the environmental and health profile of their flame retardant products. Therefore, Pinfa members seek to dialogue with the users of PIN FRs in order to identify their needs and technologies they are looking for. 

Pinfa also co-operates with national & supranational organisations (EU, OECD, United Nations) & other industry associations, consumer organisations & non-governmental organisations and will ensure the development of scientific knowledge related to the whole life cycle of PIN FRs. Pinfa works in close cooperation with its sister association Pinfa North America, the North American Phosphorus, Inorganic and Nitrogen Flame Retardants Association located in USA. 

Dr. Adrian Beard  (Clariant AG)

Chairman of Pinfa Europe since January 2017


“Since November 2016, I am chairman of pinfa and very proud to take over that role from Michael Klimes. Being involved in the formation of pinfa and having worked closely with my engaged colleagues and friends in pinfa has been an exciting journey, which without doubts will continue.

We strive to improve the image of flame retardants and explain the benefits that PIN flame retardants bring to the safety of products and society as a whole. If you are interested to learn more about flame retardants and pinfa, please get in touch!”

Adrian Beard works for Clariant Corporation, Hurth near Cologne in Germany, as Head of Marketing and Advocacy for the Flame Retardants Business Line of the Business Unit Additives. He is also a senior expert in fire safety and environmental properties of phosphorus based flame retardants.

From 1991 to 1999, before joining Clariant, he was head of the environmental analytical laboratory at the Fraunhofer-Institute for Environmental, Safety, and Energy Technology in Oberhausen, Germany. He holds a doctorate in analytical chemistry from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada and a diploma in geo-ecology from the University of Bayreuth, Germany.

Esther Agyeman-Budu (Cefic)

Sector Group Manager of Pinfa


Fires are a constant hazard of our daily life, almost everywhere. If most people never experience a serious fire and only see the tragic consequences of fire in the media, it is because of the constant efforts made to limit fire risk, by preventing fires and limiting their consequences. Flame retardants contribute to prevent and reduce the risk.


Working Structure

Pinfa Working Structure is designed to fit stakeholders needs and to adress fire safety challenges

Pinfa Statutes

Pinfa operates in accordance with the defined Operating Rules within the Cefic framework

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