Call to add P to Strategic Raw Materials List

Call to add P to Strategic Raw Materials List

pinfa calls for phosphorus to be identified as crucial for fire safety for all of the identified EU “Strategic” industries: batteries, renewable energy, electrical systems, circuit boards, electronic, power and data cables, aerospace. pinfa has submitted to the EU...
UNEP reports on chemicals in plastics

UNEP reports on chemicals in plastics

Document for UN Plastics Treaty on plastics identifies certain specific flame retardants as one of ten chemical concerns. The United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) Resolution 5/14 (10th May 2022) started the process to develop an “international legally binding...
Washington State FR restrictions

Washington State FR restrictions

Ban of all halogenated FRs in E&E casings and of halogenated FRs and five phosphorus FRs in some polyurethane foams. Preparation of this Washington State “Safer Chemicals” regulation was summarised in pinfa Newsletter n°140. The regulation is now enacted,...
Electronics industry position on FRs

Electronics industry position on FRs

DIGITALEUROPE says FRs “provide essential fire protection” and prefer RoHS to REACH for regulation of FRs in electronics. The European digital industry federation (representing over 45 000 businesses) position on the ECHA regulatory strategy on flame retardants (see...
Questioning phosphorus FR toxicity

Questioning phosphorus FR toxicity

Discussions article by polymer chemicals researcher suggests effective phosphorus flame retardants may have low toxicity. Bob Howell, an expert in polymers and additives at Central Michigan University, suggests that studies of toxicity of phosphorus FRs often group...