UN Chemical Experts Recommend Ban on Flame Retardant HBCD

Published October 24, 2012

UN chemical experts of the Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) Review Committee adopted a recommendation that the industrial flame retardant hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) be eliminated from the global marketplace “to protect human health and the environment.” The recommendation was made during a committee meeting in Geneva last week. According to the press release, HBCD is used mainly in expanded polystyrene and extruded polystyrene, and also in textile coatings and high-impact polystyrene for electrical and electronic equipment. The recommendation will be sent for consideration at the Sixth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties, April 28–May 10, 2013, in Geneva.

The POPs Review Committee is a subsidiary body of the Stockholm Convention on POPs. The Stockholm Convention on POPs “regulates chemicals that are persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic, to protect human health and the environment globally.”