ECHA eyes restrictions on flame retardants in products

The European Chemicals Agency is considering restricting the use of four forms of organophosphate flame retardant in baby products and residential furniture, and has issued a call for evidence

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) is considering restricting the use of four forms of organophosphate flame retardant (OPFR) in baby products and residential furniture. It issued a call for evidence on Wednesday.

The move follows an analysis by the Danish Environmental Protection Agency, which found that tris(2-chloroethyl) phosphate (TCEP), tris(2-chloro-1-methylethyl) phosphate (TCPP), tris[2-chloro-1-(chloromethyl)ethyl] phosphate (TDCP) and a mixture of similar substances could pose a risk of cancer to children.

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