About this Project

Status: Completed
Operational Plan: 2013 - 2014

This project will enhance risk management efforts and the reduction of human and environmental exposure to chemicals from a functional approach through the analysis of alternative flame retardants in products. This project is part of the Sound Management of Chemicals (SMOC) Program of the CEC, and gives priority to the management of substances of mutual interest that are persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic.

The first phase of the project will focus on gathering and exchanging information on alternative flame retardants of common interest to the three countries and their use in products; in the second phase samples of products identified in the first phase will be analyzed for selected flame retardants.

The international and North American communities have recognized that chemicals used in consumer products have a significant and adverse effect on the environment and human health. Consistent with international activities under the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, this project advances a North American approach to identify the sources, uses and associated risks of alternative flame retardants, and develops strategies to manage those chemicals and products that harm the environment and the health of North Americans.

Already in 2011-2012, the CEC undertook the characterization of brominated flame retardants (BFRs) in landfill leachate and biosolids in Mexico, the identification of Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDEs) and BFRs in small and medium enterprises in Mexico, the identification and prioritization of alternatives to PBDEs/BFRs in Mexico and the analysis of available techniques and environmental practices for the end-of-life management of plastic products containing BFRs.