Posted on 21/02/2018 in News 32 2018
ECHA consultation on chlorinated P-ester FRs

The European Chemical Agency, ECHA, has opened consultation on a possible restriction under REACH of four halogenated flame retardants (chlorinated phosphorus esters): TCEP, TCPP, TDCP and a mixture of similar substances.

ECHA proposes to restrict use of these substances in child products and in domestic furniture, suggesting that they may a skin cancer risk from use in polyurethane foams, or possible neurotoxic or reprotoxic effects. These substances are already limited to 5 mg/kg under the EU Toys Directive. ECHA invites submission of evidence to 8th February 2018, based on a 57 page ECHA “Screening Report” covering substance identity, hazard, exposure, impact assessment (including economics).

“Call for evidence on flame retardants TCEP, TCPP and TDCP in polyurethane foams” and “Draft screening report. An assessment of whether the use of TCEP, TCPP and TDCP in articles should be restricted” (5 December 2017). TCEP: tris(2-chloroethyl) phosphate; TCPP: tris(2-chloro-1-methylethyl) phosphate; TDCP: tris[2-chloro-1-(chloromethyl)ethyl] phosphate. Public consultation open to 8th February 2018:


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