The state of Maine recently adopted the rule chapter 8891, to designate decabromodiphenyl ether (DecaBDE) (CAS 1163-19-5) and hexabromocylododecane (HBCD) (CAS 25637-99-4) as priority chemicals2, under Safer Chemicals in Children's Products rules. Reporting is required by no later than 180 days after 4 March 2017 (the effective date).
Manufacturers or distributors for certain children’s products should report and disclose specific information to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) if any of the regulated flame retardants are added in the products. Reports3 can be submitted by regular or electronic mail with a one-time reporting fee.
Following children’s products under 12 years of age are subjected to reporting requirement under the chapter 889.
Clothing and footwear;
Household furniture and furnishings;
Mattress and mattress pads.
Information required in the reporting shall contain:
Identification of the manufacturer and contact person (e.g. name, address and phone number)
Detail product description (e.g. component size and accessibility)
Amount of regulated flame retardants in each product unit
Function of the regulated flame retardants in the product
The number of product units sold or distributed in Maine or nationally
Any other information relevant to the reporting of the regulated flame retardants, such as independent scientific study on exposure of the chemicals