A joint application has been made by a consortium of European manufacturers of expanded polystyrene products for the authorisation, under REACH, of hexabromocylodecane (HBCDD).
HBCDD is currently used in expanded polystyrene products used in the building industry as flame retardants, particularly in roofing materials. There is a high demand for supply of such materials at present across Europe due to the need to build more dwellings. The authorisation which has been requested is designed to enable the manufacturers to continue to supply sufficient product to satisfy demand after the “sunset date” (i.e. when HBCDD is banned) of August 2015 until alternative flame retardant substances have been developed for use.
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