ECHA’s CLH proposal on TBBPA open for consultation


Norway submits harmonized classification and labeling (CLH) proposal to European Chemical Agency (ECHA) for brominated flame retardant tetrabrombishpenol A (TBBPA); suggests adding classification of being possibly carcinogenic following rodent studies providing evidence; proposal still open for comments until January 29, 2021

On November 19, 2020, news provider ChemicalWatch reported in their weekly “ECHA round-up” that Norway recently submitted a Harmonized Classification and Labeling (CLH) proposal regarding the flame retardant chemical tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBPA) (CAS 79-94-7).

The substance has previously been found in food contact materials (FPF reported) and represents the most widely used brominated flame retardant (BFR) worldwide. BFRs are a group of chemicals that have been characterized as often being persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic (PBT). Earlier this year, Australia had already classified this compound as a category 2 carcinogen (FPF reported).

So far TBBPA has only been listed as an acute and chronic hazard for aquatic environments under REACH. However, the substance has been under evaluation for PBT and endocrine disrupting (ED) properties as part of the EU’s Community rolling action plan (CoRAP). The Norwegian authorities submitted a proposal to the European Chemical Agency ECHA that collects information from recent scientific studies that it says justifies adding the classification “possibly carcinogenicity 2a”.

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Food Packaging Forum, 26 November 2020