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” https://echa.europa.eu/calls-for-comments-and-evidence 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: https://echa.europa.eu/calls-for-comments-and-evidence/-/substance-rev/18028/term