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Flame retardants do not enhance chronic toxicity hazards in fires, study says

A new study led by Dr Thomas G. Osimitz has concluded that smoke from the combustion of flame-retarded furnishings did not enhance potential chronic toxicity hazards, including cancer. Campaigners have repeatedly claimed that flame retardants in home furnishings and electronics increase the toxicity of smoke produced during combustion in house fires, thus putting firefighters at risk of major long-term health problems.

Clariant plans China FR plant

Clariant is to build its first Chinese production facility for Exolit OP range of aluminum diethyl-phosphinate flame retardants. This will supply the electrical and electronic equipment industries, in particular e-mobility, 5G communications technology and transportation in China and other Asian markets.

BSEF objects to ‘eco-design’ halogen ban

The International Bromine Council (BSEF) has stated its strong opposition to Lot 5 of the EU’s ecodesign requirements for electronic displays. The Regulation was laid down pursuant to Directive 2009/125/EC is expected to come into force on 1 March 2021.

VECAP issues code of best practices

The Brussels-based Voluntary Emission Control Action Programme (VECAP) used the occasion of the 15th anniversary of its foundation by launching a new code of best practices for flame retardants.
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