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US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Commissioners narrowly voted 3–2 in favor of Rulemaking on Certain Products Containing Organohalogen Flame Retardants to ban chemically related flame retardants from children’s products, furniture, mattresses and household electronics.

The five commissioners voted to take three steps:

  • begin a rulemaking to ban the chemicals
  • issue guidance to advise manufacturers not to use them
  • convene a federal scientific panel to advise CPSC staff as it moves ahead with a formal rulemaking.

The proposed rulemaking specifies that four categories of consumer products containing additive Organohalogen Flame Retardants (OFRs) should be tagged as ‘banned hazardous substances’ under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act (FHSA).

The enforcement date is yet to be finalized.