European Court of Justice Annuls Deca-BDE
The European Court of Justice (ECJ)
has ruled that flame retardant decabromodiphenyl ether (deca-BDE) will
be "banned" from electrical and electronic equipment from July
The European Commission (EC) had originally
granted an exemption for deca-BDE from the list of banned substances under
the RoHS Directive. However, in 2006 the European Parliament and Denmark,
supported by other EU Member States, took the EC to court as they believed
deca-BDE could be replaced with safer alternatives already on the market.
The ECJ has ruled that procedural
errors, and annulled the exemption from the RoHS Directive's substance
restrictions for 9a. "Deca-BDE in polymeric applications" set
forth in Commission Decision 2005/717 that was granted in 2005. The effects
of the exemption will be maintained until 30 June 2008.
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