by Sandra Tiah
The European Commission launched a consultation on May 4, 2016, on a draft Regulation proposing a restriction on the manufacturing and placing on the market of the flame retardant, bis(pentabromophenyl)ether (decaBDE). The restriction refers to decaBDE as a substance on its own, and the use and placing on the market of decaBDE as a constituent of other substances, in mixtures, or in articles or any part thereof, in a concentration equal to, or greater than, 0.1% by weight. This draft Regulation relates to a new entry in Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006 (REACH) and lays out exemptions for:
The consultation period ended on July 3, 2016. The proposed date of adoption is during the second half of 2016. Industry would be afforded 18 months to facilitate compliance with the restriction.
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