30 July 2018 / Built environment, Children’s products, Electrical & electronics, Halocarbons, United States
“The National Academies’ ad hoc committee on organohalogen flame retardants is set to have its first meeting on 9 August.
The committee is tasked with developing a scoping plan for assessing the hazards posed by additive, nonpolymeric organohalogen flame retardants. Its findings will ultimately inform a Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) assessment of the risk the substances pose when used in children’s products, upholstered residential furniture, mattresses and the external casings of electronics devices.
The meeting, which will be held at the National Academy of Sciences Building in Washington, DC, will include an overview of the process and an introduction of committee members. It includes an opportunity for public comment.
Action on the class of substances comes following the CPSC’s September decision to grant an NGO petition to begin a rulemaking process under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act (FHSA). It could see OFRs banned from the four evaluated consumer product categories.
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) is tasked with producing a hazard assessment plan that the CPSC-convened Chronic Advisory Panel (CHAP) will use when completing its risk assessment.”