Ensuring both comfort and safety

From everyday electronics (laptops, televisions, fridges…) to cars, aeroplane furbishing and cinema seating, flame retarded materials are an essential part of safe modern living. Flame retardants are used because all these devices providing us with home comfort, access to information and mobility are inherently flammable. With flame retardants, these products become safer for use as they are able to meet rigorous fire safety standards. In the EU, we count with what is probably the most complete framework for chemicals risk management in the world, best represented by the REACH regulation which is implemented by the European Chemicals Agency.

REACH contains specific and extensive testing and risk assessment requirements for manufacturers to assure that flame retardants contained in products are safe for use for European consumers. According to REACH, industry should manufacture, import or use substances or place them on the market with such responsibility and care as may be required to ensure that human health and the environment are not adversely affected. EU regulations such as REACH aim at ensuring that the risks of useful chemicals are under control, via thresholds and safe management.

FRE strongly supports thorough and sound scientific assessment of all chemical substances including those used as flame retardants.