What is it?

“Decabromodiphenyl ether, also known as decaBDE or bis(pentabromophenyl) ether,is a brominated flame retardant which belongs to the group of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs). The substance has the chemical formula C12Br10O.” Wikipedia

What are the effects?

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ChemSec’s SIN List, a database of chemicals likely to be banned or restricted in a near future, writes that decabromodiphenyl ether / decaBDE  is “reported to have developmentally toxic and endocrine disruptive effects. It is persistent but has been shown to have the potential to degrade to compounds with PBT/vPvB properties*. Deca BDE is commonly found in humans and the environment”.

The substance is on The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) Candidate List of “Substances of very High Concern.”

*PBT and vPvB substances stands for Persistent (chemicals that does not break down in environment, Bioaccumulation (substances that build up in organisms), and Toxicity (harming the entire food chain, animals and humans, with effects like cancer, endocrine disruption and reproductive problems)

How is it used?

Decabromodiphenyl ether has wide spread use and can for example be found in polymers, coatings, inks, washing and cleaning products.

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