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European Chemical Agency calls for evidence on flame retardants used in polyurethane foams

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The European Chemical Agency (ECHA), with support from the Danish EPA, has recently published a draft screening report which has identified potential risks to children from exposure to the flame retardants used in polyurethane foams. The substances are part of a family of chemicals called organophosphate flame retardants, which can be found in some flexible polyurethane (PUR) foams. These foams can be used in the production of childcare articles and residential furniture articles. ECHA has recommended that a restriction proposal is prepared. It has also called for evidence claims to be collated in support of a possible restriction proposal as well as welcoming comments on the draft screening report. The call for evidence is open until February 8th 2018.

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