BSEF Position Paper Grouping of Brominated Flame Retardants
Brominated Flame Retardants are essential to protect lives and property, by inhibiting ignition
of combustible materials, and by slowing the rate at which a fire propagates increasing escape
time and time for emergency services to act.
A wide variety of Brominated Flame Retardants are needed to satisfy the diversity of
engineered materials used today, thereby protecting people, property and important societal
innovation aimed at reducing carbon footprint in housing and transportation.
Individual Brominated Flame Retardants are designed to work in a polymer system. They are
widely different in structure and functionality. They are not one single group of similar
chemicals. Substituting one brominated flame retardant with another or with a non-halogen
flame retardant is not readily possible in all circumstances.
REACH dossiers can be used to assess chemical similarities however more robust analysis
should include detailed information on the working mechanism, uses and end use applications
of chemicals under review.
When identifying the essential use of a chemical or its alternatives, technical performance,
durability of the final article, matrix compatibility, decomposition products are also important
flame retardant characteristics for sound regulatory decision making.
BSEF, the International Bromine Council, hereby shares its views on a possible grouping of brominated
flame retardants (BFRs) as announced in the recently adopted REACH Restriction Roadmap by the
European Commission on 25 April1
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