TBBPA "not a danger to human health"

A brominated flame retardant used extensively in electronic circuit boards and considered a potential endocrine-disruptor does not pose a risk to humans, a new EU risk assessment has provisionally concluded. An investigation carried out by British scientists on tetrabromobisphenol-A (TBBPA) says that no restrictions are needed on the substance to protect human health. An assessment of the substance's environmental effects is ongoing. Earlier this year a separate study was launched into possible hormone-mimicking effects of TBBPA (EED 10/05/05). The substance is also under regulatory scrutiny from Sweden (EED 06/05/04). See ECB.

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