EU exempts Deca-BDE from RoHS directive
Oct 18, 2005
In a decision published on 15 October 2005, the EU has exempted Deca-BDE from the EU's directive on the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS).
This decision follows an intensive review of all the available information and is the final step in the RoHS regulatory procedure for adopting exemptions.
EBFRIP welcomes this EU decision, which has immediate effect and enables the continued use of Deca-BDE, a highly-effective flame retardant whose use saves lives and reduces fire-related injuries.
The Commission's Decision was taken on the basis of the results of a ten-year EU risk assessment which evaluated 588 studies and concluded that the use of Deca-BDE does not pose health or environmental risks.
"This Decision is well-supported by science", declared Dr Dieter Drohmann, EBFRIP Chairman, "It is reassuring news for electronics manufacturers worldwide who use Deca-BDE as their flame retardant of choice. They can now confidently continue to use Deca-BDE for the European market. It provides a predictable business environment and contributes to greater competitiveness in Europe and elsewhere."