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CPSC Issues Misguidance on Flame Retardant Category

CPSC Recommendations Could Undermine Fire Safety

Erich Shea

WASHINGTON (September 28, 2017) – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) today published a guidance document in the Federal Register discouraging businesses and consumers from using or purchasing additive, non-polymeric organohalogen flame retardants in children’s products, upholstered furniture sold for use in residences, mattresses and plastic casings surrounding electronics. In response to this development, the North American Flame Retardant Alliance (NAFRA) released the following statement:

“Today’s actions from CPSC are misguided and could jeopardize the safety of products in the future. CPSC’s guidance is not consistent with the state of the science and ignores CPSC Staff’s own science-based review as well as the regulatory determinations made by government authorities around the world. Equally important are the potential implications this guidance has for overall product safety as the guidance fails to fully consider critical issues around fire safety. In the last few years, there have been hundreds of recalls of consumer products based on fire hazards.

“Fortunately, the guidance CPSC has issued is non-binding. We will actively communicate with the affected manufacturing sectors and businesses to clarify CPSC’s actions merely constitute a recommendation and that the guidance needs to be evaluated based on the state of the science and the need to fully consider all aspects of product safety, including fire safety.

“The value chain should feel confident that they can continue to use these chemistries in certain applications consistent with existing national and international regulations while CPSC conducts its further analysis of these substances.”

American Chemistry Council

The American Chemistry Council’s mission is to advocate for the people, policy, and products of chemistry that make the United States the global leader in innovation and manufacturing. To achieve this, we: Champion science-based policy solutions across all levels of government; Drive continuous performance improvement to protect employees and communities through Responsible Care®; Foster the development of sustainability practices throughout ACC member companies; and Communicate authentically with communities about challenges and solutions for a safer, healthier and more sustainable way of life. Our vision is a world made better by chemistry, where people live happier, healthier, and more prosperous lives, safely and sustainably—for generations to come.