Posted on 06/09/2019
ECHA delays restriction on chlorinated P-ester FRs

The European Chemical Agency, ECHA, has “withdrawn” a proposal to restrict the use of chlorinated phosphorus ester flame retardants (TCEP, TCPP and TDCP, and a mixture of these) in flexible polyurethane foams (PUR) in certain products (see pinfa Newsletter n°92). ECHA state that this is because new data expected from the USA on the carcinogenicity of TCPP (US NTP studies – National Toxicology Program) are not yet available. ECHA indicates that the restriction proposal is withdrawn pending information on the availability of this data.

TCEP: tris(2-chloroethyl) phosphate; TCPP: tris(2-chloro-1-methylethyl) phosphate; TDCP: tris[2-chloro-1-(chloromethyl)ethyl] phosphate. ECHA “Screening report. An assessment of whether the use of TCEP, TCPP and TDCP in articles should be restricted” 5th April 2018 and withdrawal of restriction proposal