Regulatory Roadmap for flame retardants – EuMBC – Compounders

Regulatory Roadmap for flame retardants

ECHA has recently published the Regulatory Strategy for Flame Retardants, under which, aromatic brominated and certain organophosphorus flame retardants are subject to an EU-wide REACH restriction.

The scope of the regulatory strategy covers halogen and organophosphorus flame retardants and has its main focus on brominated flame retardants. 

Before a potential restriction proposal, there is some preliminary work that ECHA will do on assessing the waste stage to evaluate the release of hazardous substances from products containing flame retardants and an analysis of alternatives. 

The restriction scope would cover all aromatic brominated flame retardants that confirm to be persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic (PBT) or very persistent and very bioaccumulative (vPvB) through classification or identification as substances of high concern (SVHCs). 

For aliphatic brominated flame retardants and organophosphorus-based flame retardants, more data is necessary and is expected to be available in 2024, and ECHA would reassess the strategy in 2025. 

Once ECHA decides to prepare a restriction dossier, they have 12 months to prepare and submit an Annex XV Dossier (proposal for restriction), to be later evaluated by RAC and SEAC. After that, there are 6 months of public consultation, and 9 extra months for RAC and SEAC opinions. Finally, at least 3 months for voting at the Commission.

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