All Together Now: Class-based Approach to Chemical Regulation Helps Avoid Hazardous Flame Retardants

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HBN has expanded Pharos and the Data Commons to include 14 subclasses of toxic flame retardants likely to be banned from use in children’s products by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission. This follows a recent report from the National Academies of Science (NAS), "A Class Approach to Hazard Assessment of Organohalogen Flame Retardants," which recommended evaluating similar flame retardants together as "the only possible practical approach." Healthy Building Network has championed this class-based approach for years because the alternative, regulating chemicals one at a time, often leads to regrettable substitutions, in which the simplest replacement for a hazardous chemical is a structural relative with similar desirable properties and similar toxicity. 



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