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Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has designated decabromodiphenyl ether (decaBDE) and short-chained chlorinated paraffins (SCCPs) as Class I chemical substances beginning April 2nd, 2018.

This prohibits the manufacture and use of these substances in Japan. It also controls the use and import of hazardous substances or products containing these substances.

The list of products containing decaBDE that would be banned from import are:

  • flame retardant treatment agent for fibre, resin, rubber
  • flameproof fabric
  • fireproof curtains, rugs
  • adhesives and sealants.

Additionally, products containing SCCPs that would be banned are as follows:

  • waterproof or flame retardant paints
  • plasticizer for resin and rubber
  • adhesives and sealants
  • leather greasing agent
  • flame retardant treatment agent for fibre
  • lubricating oil, cutting oil and hydraulic oil.

Enforcement of the import ban is on October 1st, 2018.