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31 may 2016

Persistent organic pollutants

Hexabromocyclododecane added to Annex I of European POP regulation

With the publication of EU Regulation No egolamento 2016/293, the European Commission has changed the EC Regulation No.850/2004 on persistent organic pollutants (POP) by adding hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD) to Annex I.
According to new rules, the use of HBCDD in substances, preparations or articles as flame retardant is permitted if equal to or below 100 mg/kg (0,01 % by weight).

The new measure is part of the European adjustment policies to the Stockholm Convention on POPs, which are persistent chemicals with recognized toxic properties. These pollutants not only resist degradation, but are especially harmful to human health and the environment, as they accumulate in living organisms and propagate through air, water and migratory species.

Please note that the EU Regulation 2016/293 came into force last March and that articles containing Hexabromocyclododecane in use before 22 March 2016 may still be used and marketed.

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