Commission proposes RoHS exemption for deca

The controversial brominated flame retardant deca-BDE should be exempted from a ban on the use of hazardous substances in electronics manufacture, the European Commission has formally proposed. The Commission has drafted an amendment to the RoHS directive that would allow manufacturers to continue using deca when restrictions on other PBDE flame retardants enter force in July 2006. The proposals follow a positive EU risk assessment of deca (EED 28/05/04). A member state committee will vote on the amendment, which also suggests an exemption for lead used in bearing shells and bushes, on 19 April. See draft decision, meeting agenda, and industry info note.

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