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On 20 April 2016 the Bromine Science Environmental Forum (BSEF) celebrates a new chapter in the organisation’s histor...

20/04/2016 - Read more
VECAP report shows significant achievements on its 10th anniversary

The European Flame Retardants Association (EFRA) releases today the 2014 VECAP European Progress Report. The Voluntary E...

26/02/2015 - Read more
New Research Shows Human Exposures to Common Flame Retardants Well Below Guidance Limits

A new research study released by scientists from Health Canada and Summit Toxicology LLP using large scale biomonitoring...

09/12/2014 - Read more
UN POP Committee decides to develop risk management evaluation for commercial Deca-BDE

Rome: On 30 October 2014, the 10th meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutant Review Committee (POPRC) of the UNEP Stoc...

30/10/2014 - Read more
BBC Radio Broadcast on Bromine

Recently, the BBC released a radio broadcast on the element Bromine. You can access the full podcast here. Bromine is pa...

06/10/2014 - Read more
Television burning test: demonstrating the need for high fire safety standards

Experts from the Fire Technology Department at the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in San Antonio, Texas, United Sta...

01/10/2014 - Read more
Update – Restriction proposal submitted by ECHA for Decabromodiphenyl ether (deca-BDE)

On 1 August, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) submitted a restriction proposal for Deca-BDE. The agency is proposing...

19/09/2014 - Read more
Bromine is Essential for Life, Shows New Research

A new research from Vanderbilt University published in the journal Cell has found that, out of the 92 naturally occurrin...

10/06/2014 - Read more
Clarification regarding articles stating that brominated vegetable oil is a flame retardant

Brominated vegetable oil (BVO) is a food additive used in soft drinks. It is not a flame retardant, they are totally dif...

06/05/2014 - Read more
Flame Retardants help slow down the spread of fire

The peer-reviewed journal Fire Technology recently released a study by Dr. Blais and Dr. Carpenter showing that flame re...

02/05/2014 - Read more
EU Member States asked to voluntarily monitor some brominated flame retardants in food

On 29 November, an EU expert group[1] supported a European Commission Recommendation[2]to encourage EU Member States to ...

07/03/2014 - Read more
Misleading coverage of recent Lancet study

The Lancet recently published a review on “Neurobehavioural effects of developmental toxicity”[1] which discussed si...

07/03/2014 - Read more
BSEF welcomes Environment Canada’s assessment of TBBPA

The Bromine Science and Environmental Forum (BSEF) welcomes Environment Canada’s Risk Assessment on tetrabromobispheno...

20/12/2013 - Read more
New HBO Docudrama recycles misinformation on Flame Retardants

HBO, the American television network, aired the docudrama “Toxic Hot Seat” on November 25, 2013. This docudrama recy...

26/11/2013 - Read more
UN POP Committee decides to develop risk profile for commercial Deca-BDE

Rome: On 18 October 2013, the 9th meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutant Review Committee (POPRC) of the UNEP Stock...

21/10/2013 - Read more
Carbon footprint of major flame retardants assessed

A research team led by Prof. Matthew Realff from the Georgia Institute of Technology has conducted a life cycle inventor...

25/09/2013 - Read more
BSEF Statement regarding the US National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences study

In response to a recent study released by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) suggesting tha...

02/09/2013 - Read more
BBC Learning Zone features videos on the importance of flame retardants

The BBC Learning Zone is currently featuring two videos on the importance of flame retardants in preventing household fi...

08/08/2013 - Read more
Improving Fire Safety in Bangladesh

In Bangladesh, more than 1,000 workers died in hundreds of factory fires or accidents from 1990 to 2012 [1] In November ...

05/08/2013 - Read more
The Facts Behind Misconceptions of Brominated Flame Retardants (BFRs)

Introduction The purpose of this document is to outline some key facts for consideration when reporting on brominated fl...

26/07/2013 - Read more
Norway proposes Deca-BDE as a candidate Persistent Organic Pollutant

On 27 May Norway submitted a proposal to list Deca-BDE[1] as a Persistent Organic Pollutant (POP) under the Stockholm Co...

24/07/2013 - Read more
BSEF Chairman talks about how brominated flame retardants are addressing today’s challenges

Robert Campbell, Chairman of BSEF discusses how brominated flame retardants are addressing today’s challenges in the l...

22/07/2013 - Read more
Expert Statements on Asiana Airline Crash in San Francisco

A number of fire safety experts have gone on record to acknowledge the important role that flame retardant materials lik...

10/07/2013 - Read more
EFRA Statement: Deca-BDE included in the draft recommendation of priority substances for Authorisation

On 24 June, ECHA[1] published its 5th draft recommendation[2] on priority substances to be added to the list subject to ...

25/06/2013 - Read more
Norway nominates Deca-BDE as a Persistent Organic Pollutant

Norway has announced that it has submitted a proposal to consider the listing of Deca-BDE1 under the Stockholm Conventio...

13/06/2013 - Read more
Why Fire Safety Matters

The International Technical Committee for the Prevention and Extinction of Fire reports that every year, 70.000 to 80.00...

05/06/2013 - Read more
UNEP lists HBCD as a Persistent Organic Pollutant with temporary exemptions

On 2 May at its 6th meeting, the Conference of the Parties (COP) of the UNEP1Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic ...

03/05/2013 - Read more
BSEF response to the IPEN flame retardant report

‘A public interest guide to toxic flame retardant chemicals’ The report that has recently been issued by IPEN entitl...

29/04/2013 - Read more
European Report Demonstrates Ongoing Industry Committment to the Programme

TBBPA FLAME RETARDANT POTENTIAL EMISSIONS REMAIN AT THE LOWEST ACHIEVABLE LEVEL Greening the supply chain is an increasi...

08/04/2013 - Read more
Flame retardants are being debated by the fire safety science community

Wednesday 27 March 2013 In the latest issue of Fire Safety Science News (March, 2013), experts exchanged views on flame ...

27/03/2013 - Read more
Clarification regarding press articles stating that BVO is a flame retardant

Brominated vegetable oil (BVO) is a food additive and not a flame retardant. They are totally different products. The Br...

31/01/2013 - Read more
Fast Facts on Fire Safety and Flame Retardants

Recent news reports about flame retardants have been inaccurate and misleading. The following facts clear up some of the...

03/12/2012 - Read more
BSEF Responds to the Ecology Center Study on Chemicals in Mobile Phones

The Bromine Science and Environmental Forum (BSEF) issues the following statement in response to assumptions of a study ...

24/10/2012 - Read more
BSEF Statement on UNEP recommendation on the production and use of HBCD in polystyrene foam in buildings

UNEP Stockholm Convention Committee recommends time-limited exemptions for the production and use of HBCD in polystyrene...

24/10/2012 - Read more
Editorial by Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for Environment

“We need to look more closely at ways to reward environmental research” EU environment policy needs to be based on s...

21/10/2012 - Read more
Speciality Chemicals Magazine challenges details of Chicago Tribune series on flame retardants

Due to the rise in attention to the flame retardant industry from the release of the Chicago Tribune series ‘Playi...

09/10/2012 - Read more
Do Flame Retardants work?

Flame retardants are a key tool in the fire safety tool box. They are a widely-recognised fire safety tool that can prov...

27/06/2012 - Read more
Part III of the Latino Times The burning truth – Science, the media, & special interests

Ignoring established science and 35 years of recorded/documented safety statistics and lives actually saved in Californi...

25/06/2012 - Read more
Part II of the Latino Times Investigation on the Chicago Tribune Series on Flame Retardants

THE BURNING TRUTH: QUESTIONABLE SCIENCE, THE MEDIA & SPECIAL INTERESTS – Part 2 of 3 When I was a boy in San Diego...

14/06/2012 - Read more
Part I of the Latino Times investigates the science, the media and special interests behind fire safety

THE BURNING TRUTH: QUESTIONABLE SCIENCE, THE MEDIA & SPECIAL INTERESTS Several years ago, I weighed into the debate ...

09/06/2012 - Read more
EFRA statement: EFRA shows concern regarding the reduction of fire safety standards for televisions

Proposed amendments to International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standards 60065 and 62368 for candle ignition-res...

29/05/2012 - Read more
BSEF Statement on Chicago Tribune Articles

There are numerous studies and fire tests proving that flame retardants slow down the spread of fire1. This is a criteri...

16/05/2012 - Read more
Annual VECAP progress report delivers improved results

ANNUAL VECAP PROGRESS REPORT DELIVERS IMPROVED RESULTS TBBPA POTENTIAL EMISSIONS SUBSTANTIALLY REDUCED The Voluntary Emi...

29/03/2012 - Read more
EFRA statement: EFSA scientific opinion on the exposure to TBBPA and its derivates in food.

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published in December 2011 a scientific opinion on the exposure to TBBPA a...

01/02/2012 - Read more
EU Council adopts new RoHS directive with full commitment to sound science

For further details, please read EFRA’s statement at the following page....

31/05/2011 - Read more
VECAP recognized by industry as an outstanding tool in product stewardship

Increased level of participation in voluntary programme confirms flame retardant industry commitment to implement best p...

05/04/2011 - Read more
HBCD included in the Annex XIV list of substances for Authorisation under REACH

With the publication on 18 February 2011 of the amended REACH Annex XIV in the Official Journal, HBCD is officially subj...

18/02/2011 - Read more
EBFRIP statement: EU Parliament votes in favour of new RoHS directive coherent with science-based principles

EU PARLIAMENT VOTES IN FAVOUR OF NEW ROHS DIRECTIVE COHERENT WITH SCIENCE-BASED PRINCIPLES By adopting a new EU RoHS Dir...

06/12/2010 - Read more
HBCD REACH registration dossier successfully submitted

On 11 November, the REACH registration dossier for the flame retardant HBCD was successfully submitted by the lead regis...

23/11/2010 - Read more
TBBPA’S REACH registration dossier successfully submitted

On 20 October, the REACH registration dossier for the flame retardant TBBPA was successfully submitted by the lead regis...

23/11/2010 - Read more
Deca-BDE’S REACH registration dossier successfully submitted

On 1st September, the REACH registration dossier for the flame retardant Deca-BDE was successfully submitted by the lead...

23/11/2010 - Read more
BSEF’s statement on the latest literature review on Brominated flame retardants

The following statement is in response to recent news reports about a literature review conducted and funded by the envi...

02/11/2010 - Read more
EU presidency seeks to scrap RoHS ‘priority list’

EU presidency seeks to scrap RoHS ‘priority list’ Source: ENDS | Published on: Tuesday 5 October 2010 Dave K...

06/10/2010 - Read more
EBFRIP Statement on the ACHS opinion on Deca-BDE.

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05/10/2010 - Read more
EBFRIP Statement on the 2 June vote of the European Parliament Environment Committee on the RoHS Directive

EBFRIP Statement on the 2 June vote of the European Parliament Environment Committee on the RoHS Directive A majority of...

02/06/2010 - Read more
EBFRIP believes that the upcoming RoHS Directive vote must be based on science

EBFRIP believes that the upcoming RoHS Directive vote must be based on science EBFRIP regrets the call by some electroni...

26/05/2010 - Read more
Is time ripe for further RoHS bans in the EU?

Source: ENDS | Published on: Tuesday 12 April 2010 Dave Keating There are concerns in the European Parliament over a pro...

12/04/2010 - Read more
EBFRIP Statement on RoHS EP amendments

EBFRIP welcomes the proposed amendments by several MEPs to introduce a science-based methodology for the evaluation of s...

29/03/2010 - Read more
EBFRIP Position on the Recast of the RoHS Directive

While EBFRIP views the Commission’s proposal as a constructive step towards coherence with REACH, we see further o...

15/03/2010 - Read more
BSEF comments on recent study linking Penta-PDE in the human body and fertility

A new study reports a possible association between the presence of specific types of PBDE flame retardants in the human ...

15/02/2010 - Read more
EBFRIP Update on scientific and regulatory status of Deca-BDE in Europe

EBFRIP Update on scientific and regulatory status of DecaBDE in Europe The European Brominated Flame Retardant Industry ...

08/02/2010 - Read more
EBFRIP Statement on VECAP European Annual Progress Report 2009

Significant reduction in brominated flame retardant potential emissions in Europe: Report reveals progress from applicat...

28/01/2010 - Read more

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Dr. Kevin Bradley
Secretary General Bromine Science and Environment Forum
: +32 2 792 75 49
: kbradley@bsef.com