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DecaBDE to be restricted? by Nick Boley
August 5, 2013, 09:42
Filed under: chemicals, ECHA, REACH/CLP | Tags: ,

The European Chemicals Agency, ECHA, will submit a proposal to restrict bis(pentabromophenyl) ether, more commonly known as DecaBDE. Originally ECHA considered that DecaBDE should be prioritised for an authorisation – allowing use of it in specific situations until a substitute was available. However, it now concurs with the authorities in Norway that DecaBDE should be subject to a restriction, based upon the fact that it should be included in Annex A of the Stockholm Protocol as a Persistent Organic Pollutant (POP).

There have been advances in the analytical measurement techniques used to determine polybrominated diphenyl ethers such as DecaBDE in recent years, including using ICP-MS following chromatographic separation making use of the number of bromine atoms in the compound.

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