Relevant for: Electrical & electronics, Hardlines, Softlines, Toys & children's products
On 17 March 2016, the Mayor of the District of Columbia approved the bill to ban the use of two chlorinated flame retardants in products. It was then published in the DC Register on 25 March, cited as “Carcinogenic Flame Retardant Prohibition Amendment Act of 2016”.
The Act prohibits the manufacture, sale or distribution of any products containing more than 0.1% by mass in any product component containing Tris(2-chloroethyl) phosphate (TCEP) and Tris(1,3-dichloro-2-propyl) phosphate (TDCPP). The effective dates depend on the different product categories. Highlights of the Act are summarised in the table A.
The Mayor may request the manufacturer to submit a certificate to demonstrate the compliance with the Act. The certificate shall be provided within 45 days upon request.
Table A: Highlights of the Carcinogenic Flame Retardant Prohibition Amendment Act of 2016
|Substance||Product scope*||Limit||Effective date|
- TCEP (CAS no. 115-1496-8)
- TDCPP (CAS no. 13674-87-8)
|Children's products or upholstered furniture||≤ 0.1% each by mass ||1 January 2018|
|Other consumer products||1 January 2019|
*The prohibitions exempt numerous products, include but not limited to:
- Products that were purchased or acquired before the effective date;
- Products that were involved in any activity occurs subsequent to the first sale at retail;
- Motor vehicles and their replacement parts and equipment;
- Commercial or residential building insulation or wiring complied with the Construction Codes Supplement;
- Certain electronic devices and their accessories (e.g., desktop and laptop computers; calculators, wireless telephones, cables and adapters); and
- Electronic storage media.