Studies have found associations between exposure to certain flame retardants and adverse health effects, including cancer, reproductive toxicity, immunotoxicity, neurotoxicity, reduced IQ, birth defects, and hormonal changes. Infants and young children are the most vulnerable group, as they are acutely susceptible to neurodevelopmental toxicants and endocrine disruptors. In addition, the use of flame retardants makes recycling the casings of electronics more difficult, expensive, and in some cases, impossible. This will reduce the economic viability or recycling in developed countries and harm the health of recycling workers in developing countries.

Following the successful opposition of flame retardants in standards for televisions, work will now focus on areas that may require the indirect reintroduction of such requirements through alterations to standards that establish related safety criteria.

ECOS will continue making efforts to prevent the use of flame retardants in televisions and other consumer products, so as to ensure that the use of potentially dangerous substances in products is minimised, limiting citizen and environmental exposure during the whole product life-cycle.

Activities:

Further demonstrate the lack of scientific rationale for ignition requirements in televisions
Follow standardisation work on the safety of electronic equipment and information and communication technology (EN 60065 and EN 62368)

ECOS contributes to:

IEC/TC 108: Safety of electronic equipment within the field of audio/video, information technology CLC/TC 108X: Information and communication technology

Standardisation requests from the European Commission and EFTA
Not applicable

TWIFor more details on ECOS’ participation in the standardisation of flame retardants, please contact:
Thomas Willson – Standardisation Officer – Smarts meters and smart grids, chemicals, energy
thomas.willson/at/ecostandard.org



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