International alliances and state regulations: Promote the use of halogen-free flame retardants

UL 94 Standard (International): UL 94 is a flammability standard developed by Underwriters Laboratories that classifies the flammability of plastic materials used in equipment and appliances. It evaluates the performance of materials treated with various flame retardants (including halogen-free formulations), and uses data to demonstrate the advantages and disadvantages of halogen-free additive formulations compared to other flame retardant additives in a more intuitive way.

RoHS Directive (EU): The Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive restricts the use of certain hazardous substances, including brominated flame retardants, in electrical and electronic equipment sold in the EU. It can greatly promote the use of halogen-free flame retardants by limiting the use of halogen-containing substances.

REACH Regulation (EU): REACH evaluates and restricts the use of hazardous substances, including flame retardants, based on their impact on human health and the environment. It advocates for countries and regions to use safer alternatives, including halogen-free options.

California Proposition 65 (United States): Proposition 65 requires businesses to warn Californians about exposure to large amounts of chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm. Certain halogenated flame retardants, such as polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), are listed under Proposition 65, leading many manufacturers to seek halogen-free alternatives.

Industry standards: Several industry associations and organizations have developed standards and certifications that promote the use of halogen-free flame retardants. Examples include the Electronics Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) Code of Conduct and Sustainable Electronics Recycling International (SERI) R2 standards, which encourage electronics manufacturers to adopt halogen-free materials for environmental purposes.

Consumer preferences and company policies: Health concerns about halogenated flame retardants and growing public awareness of environmental issues have prompted many companies to incorporate halogen-free flame retardant additives into their products. Sustainable development visions and environmental policies often drive companies’ gradual transition to greener and safer flame retardant technologies.

These regulations and standards vary in scope and jurisdiction, but together they drive a global trend towards the adoption of halogen-free flame retardants to improve safety, environmental protection and regulatory compliance. We encourage manufacturers and suppliers to stay informed about changing regulations and industry best practices to incorporate better overall performance flame retardants into their products responsibly.

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