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TCEP (Tris(2-chloroethyl) phosphate) and similar flame retardants strictly limited in toys

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In its continuous strive to improve the safety of toys the European Commission has decided to drastically reduce the maximum limit value for the flame retardant TCEP (Tris(2-chloroethyl) phosphate) to 5 mg/kg in toys for children up to the age of 3 years and in any toys intended to be placed in the mouth.

The use of TCEP in the EU has already declined, but it might still be present in toys, including imports. The Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risks (SCHER), which provides independent scientific opinions to the European Commission, considered TCEP to pose a risk to children, including the risk of cancer (Report pdf - 581 KB, 222 KB). SCHER therefore recommended TCEP in toys be limited to the lowest concentration that a sensitive laboratory test can identify. SCHER further recommended that also the alternatives of TCEP, namely TDCP and TCPP, be limited in toys in the same way. The directive adopted by the Commission therefore restricts TCEP, TDCP and TCPP in toys to this very low concentration. Abbreviations: TCEP:  Tris(2-chloroethyl) phosphate, CAS No 115-96-8, TDCP: Tris[2-chloro-1-(chloromethyl)ethyl] phosphate, CAS No 13674-87-8, TCPP: Tris(2-chloro-1-methylethyl) phosphate (), CAS No 13674-84-5.

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