Grouping of brominated flame retardants

Regulation of individual substances is time-consuming. Consequently, grouping of substances with similar chemical structures may prove advantageous. In a Danish project, a series of brominated flame retardants have been grouped in order to make a group approach for evaluating the mutagenic and carcinogenic effects by the use of QSAR tools. Overall, brominated flame retardants are used in many products to reduce flammability, for instance in computers and televisions. Other studies, in which also DHI has been involved, indicate that many of the brominated substances may be of concern regarding endocrine effects and reprotoxic effects. Furthermore, the substances are suspected of being bioaccumulative. Further information is available at: Category approach for selected brominated flame retardants

DHI Newsletter, 28 September 2016 ; ;