EU scientists question deca risk assessment

Toxicology committee says uncertainty warrants controls on brominated flame retardant

The EU's major scientific panel for reviewing the environmental and health impacts of chemicals has added fuel to the debate over the controversial flame retardant deca-BDE by questioning the sufficiency of actions recommended by risk assessors and highlighting risks from brominated equivalents of highly-toxic dioxins and furans. Industry lobby group Ebfrip called its intervention "regrettable".

A near final EU risk assessment for deca was published earlier this year (EED 20/09/02). It concluded that to fully evaluate environmental damage further information and testing was needed. A number of further studies have since been commissioned to clear up remaining points (EED 24/09/02).

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