The European Commission Regulation (EU) 2016/293was published on 2 March 2016 as an amendment to Regulation (EC) 850/2004 on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs). The amendment added Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD) to Part A of Annex I, which prohibits the production, placing on the market and use of the listed substances on their own, in mixtures or as constituents of articles.
As HBCDD is also one of the substances listed on the REACH Annex XIV (i.e. the Authorisation List), this new amendment to the POPs regulation has aligned the Authorisation and prohibition conditions under both Regulations.
The amendment to the POPs Regulation will be effective from 22 March 2016.
Table 1 summarises the HBCDD requirement in Regulation (EU) 2016/293. In addition, there are several specific exemptions conditions including, but not limited to, HBCDD in substance or mixture or as a constituent in expanded polystyrene articles and extruded polystyrene articles. Articles containing HBCDD as a constituent of such articles and are already in use before or on 22 March 2016 may continue to be used and further placed on the EU market.
1,2,5,6,9,10-hexabromocyclododecane and its main diastereoisomers:
Substances, mixtures, articles or flame-retarded parts of articles :