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BSEF at the Second meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury (COP2)

The second meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury (COP2) took place from 19 to 2...

11/12/2018 - Read more
BSEF is moving to new premises

BSEF, The International Bromine Council, is happy to announce that its secretariat will be moving to a new address in Ja...

06/12/2018 - Read more
BSEF Seminar gathers brominated flame retardants experts in Japan

The BSEF Asia Forum Seminar entitled “Brominated Flame Retardants – Challenges & Trends” was part of the secon...

29/11/2018 - Read more
BSEF at the Energy Storage Global Conference 2018 (video)

The Energy Storage Global Conference, organised by EASE with the support of the European Commission’s Joint Research C...

29/11/2018 - Read more
BSEF supports the 2018 Antimony Day

BSEF, the International Bromine Council, is proud to support the 2018 Antimony Day that will take place on the 13th and ...

11/10/2018 - Read more
Bromine Technology batteries highlighted on the #Storage4EU campaign

The campaign gathers the most successful stories from the energy storage sector The European Association for Storage of ...

04/10/2018 - Read more
ABICHAMA performs pre-test in partnership with the Fire Department of Brasilia

  The Brazilian Flame Retardants Industry Association (ABICHAMA), has performed a reaction to fire pre-test on sofa...

22/06/2018 - Read more
The importance of Bromine to society – Japan Chemical Daily article

On May 2018, Dr. Kevin Bradley – BSEF Director General – visited Japan, where he had the opportunity to meet...

19/06/2018 - Read more
Response by Dr. Alexander Morgan to “Flame retardants in UK furniture increase smoke toxicity more than they reduce fire growth rate” Chemosphere 2018, 196, 429-439.

The text below entitled “Response by Dr. Alexander Morgan to “Flame retardants in UK furniture increase smoke toxici...

31/05/2018 - Read more
BSEF contributes to the Battery-based energy storage roadmap (BATSTORM)

BATSTORM has published the final version of the ten-year (2018-2027) research and innovation (R&I) roadmap on batter...

18/05/2018 - Read more
ABICHAMA – The new member of Consultive Council of Brazilian Parliamentary Front for Fire Safety

On April 12, ABICHAMA, the BSEF regional representative in Brazil, was announced as a new member of the Consultive Counc...

17/04/2018 - Read more
Setting indicators for an ambitious EU Industrial Strategy

As part of its work within the coalition of Industry Associations ‘Industry4Europe’, BSEF – The Intern...

12/04/2018 - Read more
BSEF Media Statement on the “Concentrations and migratabilities of hazardous elements in second-hand children’s plastic toys” study

BSEF and its member companies are committed to making information about bromine, and bromine-based technologies availabl...

15/02/2018 - Read more
BSEF becomes a member of The European Association for Storage of Energy (EASE)

BSEF, The International Bromine Council, has formally joined EASE, as member association, focused on promoting bromine-...

10/01/2018 - Read more
The Minamata Convention on Mercury: A global treaty making mercury history

BSEF – the International Bromine Council – joined the discussions at the first Conference of the Parties to the ...

29/09/2017 - Read more
EU’s Sustainable Energy Week 2017 – Clean Energy for all Europeans

The EU’s Sustainable Energy Week 2017 (EUSEW) will take place from 19 to 25 June, in Brussels, Belgium. It is the ...

19/06/2017 - Read more
BSEF Briefing Note – Tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBPA)

Background In March 2015, TBBPA was included in the EU’s “Community Rolling Action Plan” (CoRAP) for Evaluation un...

02/06/2017 - Read more
BSEF’s new brand identity highlights its vision for the future

BSEF, the international bromine producer’s association, is changing its corporate brand and logo. The rebranding refle...

21/11/2016 - Read more
Meet BSEF member companies at K-Show 2016

BSEF members – Albemarle, Chemtura and ICL Group – will participate in the largest international trade fair for ...

20/10/2016 - Read more
BSEF becomes an affiliate of Cefic – the European Chemical Industry Council

BSEF, The International Bromine Council, today formally joined Cefic, as an affiliate association, focused on promoting...

07/10/2016 - Read more
Promoting Bromine and Bromine-based Technologies

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
EBFRIP Statement on the ACHS opinion on Deca-BDE.

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05/10/2010 - 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

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