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EBFRIP Statement re UBA's publication on brominated flame retardants (28 April 2008)

Norwegian isolated ban on Deca-BDE: EBFRIP statement (2 April 2007)

EU: Deca-BDE Risk Assessment confirmed December 2007 (BSEF report 17 December 2007)

Norwegian Government's ban on Deca-BDE despite EU & WTO opposition: EBFRIP Press release (18 January 2008)

Review on latest science on Deca-BDE (26 June 2007)

Comments on the European Chemicals Bureau on alternatives to Deca-BDE (19 June 2007)

Norway proposed ban of 4 June 2007: EBFRIP Press release (5 June 2007)

VECAP 2007 Annual Progress Report: Press release (5 June 2007)

VECAP 2007 Annual Progress Report (5 June 2007)

Draft press release of the Outcome of EQS Plenary vote-statement by EBFRIP (25 May 2007)

Final EBFRIP Statement on the UMICORE Trial (12 March 2007)

Statement on Norwegian Environment Agency recommendation to restrict Deca-BDE,
TBBPA and HBCD in consumer products contradicts EU law and science
(9 January 2007)

Statement on Norway acting in isolation from the EU on Chemicals (20 December 2006)

EBFRIP Statement: Update on TBBPA EU Risk Assessment - (14 December 2006)

Brominated Flame Retardants and the New EU Chemicals Policy (REACH) - (December 2006)

Statement on European monitoring study indicates falling levels of penta-BDE (22 September 2006)

Swedish move to ban product contradicts scientific conclusions and EU law- Update -  (5 September 2006)

Clarification on the new WWF report on fish levels found do not present health risk -
(4 September 2006)

Swedish move to ban product contradicts scientific conclusions and EU law -  (25 August 2006)

Statement on 1st Annual Progress Report of Flame Retardant Voluntary Emissions Control Action Programme -  (6 June 2006)

VECAP Annual Progress Report 2006 -  (June 2006)

Deca-BDE - Summary Status Report on additional information requirements - (16 May 2006)

EBFRIP Statement post CAs Meeting - (31 May 2006)

Deca-BDE - Summary Status Report on VECAP - (May 2006)

EBFRIP statement following latest Greenpeace Report - (9 May 2006)

EU Study on two important BFRs concludes no major endocrine effects - (16 February 2006)

European Commission, UK and France block Swedish attempt to ban Deca-BDE  - (28 February 2006)

Update on TBBPA - (February 2006)

EBFRIP initial comments on European Parliament decision to initiate legal action against Commission regarding the exemption of Deca-BDE from RoHS Directive -  (11 January 2006)

EU confirms no classification of TBBPA for health -  (25 November 2005)

Sweden draft ban under EU scrutiny as unjustified barrier to trade -  (14 November 2005)

EU exempts Deca-BDE from RoHS Directive -  (17 October 2005)

EU Scientific Committee confirms that TBBPA presents no risk to Human Health -  (12 October 2005)

Under the WEEE Directive, it is unnecessary to separate plastics containing brominated flame retardants - (October 2005)

Progress on EU Scientific Assessment of TBBPA - (15 September 2005)

Status of Proposed RoHs Exemption for Deca-BDE - (14 September 2005)

Update on the European Commission Proposal to exempt Deca-BDE from the RoHS Directive under review by Member States - (25 July 2005)

Commission Proposal to exempt Deca-BDE from the RoHS Directive now awaiting decision by the European Council - (6 July 2005)

Deca-BDE Exemption from EU RoHS Directive awaits Council Approval - (20 April 2005)

Norwegian proposal on Deca-BDE contradicts scientific risk assessment and European law - (19 April 2005)

EU scientific opinion on the EU risk assessment of Deca-BDE - (1 April 2005)

Commission proposes to exempt Deca-BDE from EU RoHS Directive - (31 March 2005)

IPC position on non-halogenated materials - (21 February 2005)

Norway's plan to ban Deca-BDE is scientifically unjustified and unlawful - (14 February 2005)

IVF Study on Circuit Boards- Revised Statement - (14 January 2005)

Update on the latest EU Member State meeting of the EU RoHS Directive - (21 December 2004)

EU Risk Assessment of TBBPA - Update (15 December 2004)

Update on the latest EU Member State meeting of the EU RoHS Directive regarding the exemption of Deca-BDE - (16 November 2004)

WWF findings of the flame retardant Deca-BDE in blood already addressed by EU risk assessment and present no risk - (11 October 2004)

Substances should only be added to the Stockholm Convention on POPs if meeting the scientific criteria – (17 August 2004)

Closure of Deca-BDE Scientific Risk Assessment: European Union supports continued use of Deca-BDE – (28 May 2004)

Update on Deca-BDE Flame Retardant EU Scientific Assessment – (March 2004)

EU Risk Assessment of HBCD - Update - (February 2004)

EU Risk Assessment and Environmental Classification of HBCD (Hexabromocyclododecane, CAS-No: 25637-99-4) - (Status Review 22 January 2004)

WWF-UK Report Indicates Life-Saving Flame Retardant Deca-BDE Not a Health Risk - (26 November 2003)

Press Statement with regard to Greenpeace Rainwater Research Report - (26 May 2003)

Dutch Government withdraws ban on flame retardant product - (11 March 2003)

What do the EU legislations on WEE and RoHS mean for brominated flame retardants? - (11 March 2003)

EU allows continued use of the flame retardant Deca-BDE - (20 December 2002)

EU agreement on electronics Directives means future EU regulatory status of the flame retardant Deca-BDE will be based on EU scientific risk assessment due to be completed in 2003 - (04 November 2002)

BSEF correction to Ends Daily article on deca-BDE risk assessment - (24 September 2002)

Positive trends in Europe for use of brominated flame retardants in E&E equipment - (June 2002)

Swedish study should recognise science and not by-pass EU risk assessments - (7 June 2002)

Norwegian agency policy statement to ban PBDEs requires stakeholder consultation and environmental and safety assessment - (27 May 2002)

European Regulators Agree that the Future of the Flame Retardants deca-BDE and octa-BDE should be based on their Risk Assessments - (12 April 2002)

Dutch ban on flame retardant - clarification - (April 2002)

MEPs reject broader Flame Retardant ban and support the Council proposal for deca-BDE and octa-BDE Risk Assessments to be taken into account - (22 March 2002)

MEPs support EU Commission proposal to phase-out the Flame Retardant penta-BDE and exempt deca-BDE due to its importance for fire safety - (22 March 2002)

Council decision to limit a ban to penta-BDE - (September 2001)

Unanimous EU Member State Opposition to Parliament call for extended phase-out of three flame retardants - (28 September 2001)

Commissioner refuses any extended ban to octa-BDE and deca-BDE prior to EU risk assessment conclusions - (13 September 2001)

MEPs support EU Commission proposal to phase-out the flame retardant penta-BDE but propose an extended ban to octa-BDE prior to EU risk assessment conclusions - EU Commissioner refuses any such extension - (10 September 2001)

EBFRIP memorandum on the WEEE / ROS Directive Proposals presented at the EP hearing on the WEEE Directive Proposals, held 19 October 2000
(downloadable 45 KB pdf file - requires Adobe Acrobat Reader (r) to view and print)

EBFRIP position paper presented at the EP hearing on the WEEE Directive Proposals, held 19 October 2000
(downloadable 37 KB pdf file - requires Adobe Acrobat Reader (r) to view and print)

Response to DTI Questions Regarding the European Commission Proposal on Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) - (October 2000)

Response to DTI Questions Regarding the European Commission Proposal on Restrictions On Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (ROHS) - (October 2000)

Public procurement - Commission letter to Swedish authorities - (September 2000)

Brominated flame retardants - Response to FoE UK statement - (9 May 2000)

Draft Proposal on WEEE - Recent Scientific Evidence Calls into Question Draft Restrictions on Flame Retardants - (24 February 2000)

Statement on Latest DG XI Draft on Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) - (3 August 1999)

Brominated Flame Retardants and Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) - an industry perspective - (June 1999) The brominated flame retardant industry's positions regarding the second draft of the proposed EU waste electronic and electrical equipment Directive

EBFRIP Statement on Commission Closure Closure of Blue Angel Complaint (20 April 1999)

DTI Report Confirms Valuable Role of Flame Retardants in Saving Lives (15 February 1999)

Historical background information on EBFRIP legal complaint against the Blue Angel eco-label (February 1999)

Recovery, including recycling, of plastics containing brominated flame retardants (18 January 1999)

Directive sur les déchets électriques et électroniques : le recyclage des plastiques contenant des retardateurs de flamme bromés (7 janvier 1999)

Status of Risk Assessment of Deca-, Octa- and Penta- bromo diphenyl ethers under the EU Existing Chemicals Directive. Parliamentary Question E-3004/98 of 8/10/98 to the EU Commission and Response of Ms. Bjeregaard. (downloadable 67 KB pdf file - requires Adobe Acrobat Reader (r) to view and print)

Evaluation du risque des diphényl éthers déca-, octa- ou pentabromés d'après la Directive sur les substances chimiques existantes. Question du parlement européen E-3004/98 du 8/10/98 à la Commission et réponse de Mme Bjeregaard. (fichier pdf téléchargeable de 68 KB - exige Adobe Acrobat Reader (r) pour la lecture et l'impression).

Recent Studies on Flame Retardants (15 September 1998)

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (3 September 1998)

 

Reports and Scientific Programs

Flame Retardants Helped Save Lives in Toronto Air Crash (American Fire Safety Council Press Release) (August 2005)

Voluntary emissions control action programme - Greening the Textiles Supply Chain (August 2005)

A suitable human bio-monitoring programme to assess levels and trends of decaBDE (14 June 2005)

EU decision on Deca-BDE comes closer (9 June 2005)

Launch of European Monitoring Programme for DecaBDE (9 June 2005)

Waste electrical and electronic equipment plastics with brominated flame retardants - from legislation to separate treatment - thermal process (February 2005)

GrEEEn presentation: EGG 2004 + New Materials: Flame Retardants - Environmental and economic implications of a shift to halogen-free printed wiring boards (February 2005)

Environmental and economic implications of a shift to halogen-free printed wiring boards (February 2005)

End-of-Life management of plastics from Electrical & Electronic Equipment containing Brominated Flame Retardants (January 2003)
(downloadable 158 KB pdf file - requires Adobe Acrobat Reader (r) to view and print)

Sb2O3 - Overview toxicology and ecotoxicology (January 2003)
(downloadable 132 KB pdf file - requires Adobe Acrobat Reader (r) to view and print)

A guidance document on the appliance of substances under special attention in electric & electronic products has been published in cooperation with a number of European trade associations. The document is available at the following link: http://www.eicta.org/Content/Default.asp?PageID=211

Review on corrosion in waste incinerators, and possible effects of bromine (1 October 2002)
(downloadable 1,75 MB pdf file - requires Adobe Acrobat Reader (r) to view and print)

Performance et conformité des laminés contenant du TBBPA (20 June 2002)
(downloadable 1,03 MB pdf file - requires Adobe Acrobat Reader (r) to view and print)

Recycling of bromine from plastics containing brominated flame retardants in state-of-the-art combustion facilities (June 2002)
(downloadable 873 KB pdf file - requires Adobe Acrobat Reader (r) to view and print)

Bromine Recovery from Plastics containing brominated flame retardants - Option for Sustainable bromine production? (February 2002) 
(Powerpoint document)

Energy and material recovery by co-combustion of WEEE and MSW (February 2002)
(downloadable 267 KB pdf file - requires Adobe Acrobat Reader (r) to view and print)

Bromine recovery from the plastics fraction of Waste of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) with staged gasification (February 2002)

An introduction to brominated flame retardants
(downloadable 130 KB pdf file - requires Adobe Acrobat Reader (r) to view and print)

Integrating the environmental impact of consumer product fires into life-cycle assessments, by Dr. M. Simonson, SP (13 October 1998)

Fire Safety of TV-Sets and PC-Monitors, by Dr. J. Troitzsch, Fire and Environment Protection Services, Wiesbaden (June 1998)
(downloadable 359 KB pdf file - requires Adobe Acrobat Reader (r) to view and print)

TV Set Enclosure Materials Fire Safety; Survey of European Statistics, by Dr. M. De Poortere, Albemarle S.A., and C. Schonbach, Robinson Linton Associates S.A.
(downloadable 257 KB pdf file - requires Adobe Acrobat Reader (r) to view and print)

More detailed studies on bromine can be found on the BSEF website.
More detailed studies on fire safety of TV and Furniture can be found on the Fire Safety website.