BSEF welcomes Environment Canada’s assessment of TBBPA

The Bromine Science and Environmental Forum (BSEF) welcomes Environment Canada’s Risk Assessment on tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBPA) MISSING LINK and two of its derivative substances [TBBPA bis(2-hydroxyethyl ether) and TBBPA bis (allyl ether)] [1], issued in November 2013.

TBBPA is the brominated flame retardant with the largest production volume globally and permitted and used worldwide and is mostly used in printed circuit boards, playing an important role of fire protection for consumers.

Environment Canada’s Final Risk Assessment recognises that TBBPA, and two of its derivatives, do not meet any of the criteria for being listed as ‘toxic’ under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act of 1999. This assessment determined that current levels of TBBPA:

  • Do not have an immediate or long-term harmful effect on the environment or its biological diversity;
  • Do not constitute a danger to the environment on which life depends; or
  • Do not constitute a danger to human life or health.

For more information on TBBPA please view the BSEF Factsheet

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[1] Environment Canada Screening Assessment Report November 2013