EPA Updates DfE Flame Retardant Assessment


Source: EPA
Related Topics: Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) US Environmental Protection Agency
Today, the Agency released an updated draft of the report “Partnership to Evaluate Flame Retardants in Printed Circuit Boards” for public comment. The draft report was first released in 2008 and is being released for a second public comment period because of the large amount of information added describing the combustion testing conducted between 2008 and 2012.  This timing created the need for updated hazard profiles that align with the 2011 DfE Hazard Assessment criteria.  This new draft assessment provides updated human health and environmental information for flame retardant alternatives for circuit boards that contain tetrabromobisphenol-A (TBBPA). The report describes combustion by-products from burning printed circuit boards at temperatures simulating uncontrolled recycling or incineration. In parallel with this draft assessment, industry trade groups tested alternative non-halogenated flame retardants and found that they function equally as well as TBBPA-based circuit boards for certain products.  Please submit you comments by February 15, 2015, to, docket number EPA-HQ-OPPT-2014-0893.

The updated draft report can be found at

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