News - Waves of ban flame retardants in consumers’ products.
In the USA there is a wave of change undergoing. Maine, San Francisco and Rhode Island are halting the sale of new upholstered furniture containing flame retardants.

The state of Maine has set a precedent for the ban, which basically covers all kinds of toxic flame retardants in residential fabric furniture.

The ban is supported by the view that flame retardant chemicals do not ensure fire safety but increase toxicity of fumes and and the risks of exposure, particularly to vulnerable populations.

Moreover, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), a USA Federal Agency, warned the public about the dangers of flame retardant chemicals - known as organohalogens – used in upholstered furniture and other consumers’ products. So, it has approved a statement that provides guidance for manufacturers, importers, distributors, retailers, and consumers to protect consumers (particularly children) from exposure to chemicals additive such as flame retardants.
The CPSC also stated that “Scientific evidence to date demonstrates that OFRs, when used in non-polymeric, additive form, migrate from consumer products, leading to widespread human exposure to mixtures of these chemicals. Exposures to OFRs occur because of the semi-volatile property of these chemicals that results in migration of the chemicals and the chemicals' absorption into household dust and other surfaces where they persist in the indoor environment”.

EFIC – together with a broad alliance – is advocating for the case for flame retardant free furniture in Europe. The overwhelming scientific evidence should concern European regulators as well and guide a prompt actions against the widespread use of flame retardants in furniture products.

For more information:
The policy paper on the Case for flame retardants free furniture;
News on the ban in Maine, San Francisco and Rhole Island;
News on the guidance released by the USA Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC;
The full text of the Federal Agency's guidance.