Scientists issue health warning on BFRs

A group of 145 scientists from 22 countries has signed a statement warning that brominated and chlorinated flame retardants (BFRs and CFRs) pose health and environment hazards while at the same time providing only limited fire safety benefits.

The European Parliament is set to vote this month on whether to ban BFRs and CFRs in a recast of EU rules restricting hazardous substances in electronics (RoHS). MEPs in the parliament’s environment committee voted in June to put these substances on a ‘priority list’ for future examination instead. But several electronics firms have urged the parliament to insert a ban.

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