“Europe leads on Tris Flame Retardants?”

Quoted from the Green Science Policy Institute newsletter

“Europe leads on Tris Flame Retardants?”

“In the early 2000s, a family couldn’t buy furniture or baby products without also bringing toxic PBDE flame retardants into their home. But in 2005, the US EPA persuaded manufactures to stop selling PBDEs due to their association with cancer, thyroid disruption and adverse neurological health effects.

Unfortunately, chemical manufacturers replaced harmful PBDE chemicals with organophosphate Tris flame retardants such as TCEP, TDCP, and TCPP, which have similar health effects-a classic regrettable substitution.

Two of these chemicals, TCEP and TDCP, are no longer in use in the US, but TCPP is still one of the most common flame retardants found in products and in people around the world.

Recently, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) recommended an EU-wide restriction on all three Tris flame retardants (TCPP, TCEP, and TDCP) in foams used in children’s products and upholstered furniture. One reason was their finding that baby mattresses containing these organophosphates posed the highest cancer risk to infants. Although TCPP lacks the health data that is found for TCEP and TDCP, ECHA concluded it was necessary to group these chemicals, citing similarities in their uses, chemical structures, and toxic effects. This is an excellent example of the class concept in action.”

Quoted from the Green Science Policy Institute newsletter

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