BSEF Briefing Note – Tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBPA)


In March 2015, TBBPA was included in the EU’s “Community Rolling Action Plan” (CoRAP) for Evaluation under REACH (1907/2006/EC), the EU‘s framework legislation on chemicals. The reasons for the Evaluation were given as “suspected toxicity to reproduction, potential to be an endocrine disruptor, suspected PBT/vPvB properties, and exposure of environment and consumers”.

The Danish Environmental Protection Agency is the Rapporteur responsible for the Evaluation. The final decision from Denmark has been published in May 2017[1]. The requirements in the final decision encompass studies in environmental degradation and endocrine disruption concerns in wildlife. These studies are required to further investigate the fate of TBBPA and its degradation products in the environment and to verify the suspected concern, where necessary. A date for submission of the revised dossier (including all requested data) of 4th January 2021 has been agreed.


  • ECHA reviewed the TBBPA Reach registration dossier in detail (Substance Evaluation)
  • TBBPA’s registrants were requested to conduct additional tests to address some specific issues. They have until 4th January 2021 to do that
  • When all testing is finalized, the data will be reviewed by the Danish EPA
  • There are no regulatory restrictions arising from this decision in the EU


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