NEWS

10/05/2019

Ten years of collaboration for safer fire safety

pinfa celebrated ten years of working together towards sustainable fire safety at an exceptional General Assembly, organised in Valencia with the 4th AIMPLAS workshop on fire-retardant plastics (see below). pinfa has grown from 6 founding members ten years ago to over 30 today.

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10/05/2019

Pinfa E-Mobility Workshop, Tokyo, 1st July 2019

The pinfa Japan workshop “Fire Safety Challenges in Automotive Plastics”, Tokyo, 1st July, will take place within EMCE2019 (E-Mobility and the Circular Economy).

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10/05/2019

FRPM19

The 19th edition of the biennial European Meeting on Fire Retardant Polymeric Materials (FRPM19) will take place 25-28 June, Turku, Finland.

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10/05/2019

Chemicals management for the electronics industry

The ChemicalWatch conference on chemicals management in the electronics industry, Brussels, 28th March, showed that ensuring greener chemicals in plastics is a major challenge for the electronics industry, with some stakeholders even asking whether difficulties in controlling chemical safety and in electronic displays ensuring safe recycling could lead to question current use of plastics in E&E.

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10/05/2019

ECHA publishes CoRAP to 2021

The European Chemicals Agency, ECHA, has published the Community Rolling Action Plan (CoRAP) 2019-2021, listing chemicals for Evaluation (under REACH) during this period.

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10/05/2019

Swedish Eco-tax under discussion

The Swedish Government is consulting for a possible revision of the national Ecotax on electrical equipment, introduced in 2017 (Lag 2016:1067) and modified already in 2019. An important issue for government is that the tax is not bringing in significant revenue (less than 200 million €, below half the intended tax income, compared to high administrative costs).

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10/05/2019

ChemSec again criticises Swedish E&E ecotax

Environmental NGO ChemSec has again taken position criticising the Swedish ecotax on electrical and electronic equipment as currently defined. Already in 2017 (see pinfa Newsletter n°86), ChemSec indicated that the tax currently covers certain PIN FRs which are “some of the preferred alternatives to halogenated flame retardants”.

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10/05/2019

EU POPs legislation will restrict DecaBDE

EU legislators (Parliament and Council) have agreed modifications to the POPs Regulation (Persistent Organic Pollutants, EC 850/2004) to implement updates of the UN Stockholm Convention (see pinfa Newsletter n°81), in particular adding the brominated flame retardant DecaBDE to the POPs Regulation, with an “unintentional trace” level of 10 ppm.

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10/05/2019

Alaska city bans certain FRs in furniture

The City of Anchorage, Alaska’s biggest city with 300 000 population, has passed an ordinance banning many types of flame retardant in (consumer) upholstered furniture and products for children under 12 (for use in the home). All “halogenated, organophosphorus, organonitrogen or nanoscale” flame retardants are covered by the ban, as well as antimony and also any FR listed by Washington or California.

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