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Canadian government says flame retardant not harmful to human health at current levels

The Canadian government recently completed and published its health and environmental assessment of the flame retardant TBBPA, which is included in printed circuit boards and provides a critical layer of fire protection for consumers.

The Canadian assessment concludes that TBBPA and two other derivatives based on TBBPA, do not meet any of the criteria for being listed as “toxic” under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act of 1999.  Specifically, the assessment indicates that current levels of TBBPA do not:

  • Have an immediate or long-term harmful effect on the environment or its biological diversity;
  • Constitute a danger to the environment on which life depends; or
  • Constitute a danger to human life or health.

The findings from the Canadian assessment are very similar to those from the 2006 European Union Risk Assessment Report on TBBPA.

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