• April 16, 2018
  • EFIC

ECHA recommends restriction on flame retardants in polyurethane foams



In December 2017, ECHA - the European Chemicals Agency - opened a Call for evidence for a possible restriction under REACH of TCEP, TCPP and TDCP flame retardants used in flexible polyurethane (PUR) foams in childcare articles and residential furniture. 

According to Chemical Watch's article, ECHA calls on the European Commission to prepare a restriction proposal under REACH. 
In addition to this, the article quotes the European Furniture Industries Confederation's (EFIC) call to widen the scope of such restriction to the public contract furniture market. In fact, as EFIC President Mr. Wiesner stated, "in these segments of the furniture market, open flame tests leading to the use of flame retardant chemicals are often requested by regulation, buyers or public authorities"

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