Denmark snubs call for blanket retardant ban

Opposition parties attempt to attach resolution to EU electronics law transposition measure

The Danish parliament last Thursday narrowly rejected a resolution calling for a ban on all brominated flame retardants. MPs were voting on a law transposing the EU's restrictions on hazardous substances (RoHS) directive. This prohibits two types of BFR in electrical and electronic equipment from 2006 (EED 17/02/03).

The call for much broader BFR controls was tabled by the opposition Socialist People's party (SF) and supported by several others. A party official told ENDS Europe DAILY that stricter curbs were needed because BFRs are used not only in electronics but in other applications like furniture and clothes.

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