EU scientists back paraffin risk evaluation

The EU is unlikely to embark on further moves to restrict the sale of short-chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCPs) after its chief toxicology committee said this week that new scientific data did not warrant changes to the conclusions of an official risk assessment. But the committee warned that increasing use of the substances as flame retardants might force a reassessment in the future. A ban on SCCPs in metal and leatherworking agreed last year also required the committee to review new evidence (EED 11/05/02). See EU scientific toxicology committee opinion.

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