USA – Ban on 11 Flame Retardants in Massachusetts

​​Massachusetts signed into law to prohibit 11 flame retardants in certain consumer products on 1 January 2021. A manufacturer or retailer shall not sell, offer, or manufacture for sale, distribute in commerce or import into the State the covered products on 1 Janaury 2022 that contains any of the following 11 chemical flame retardants or a chemical analogue in a concentration of more than 1000 ppm for any component part of the covered products. 1. Tris(1,3-dichloro-2-propyl)phosphate (TDCPP) 2. Tris(2-chloroethyl)phosphate (TCEP) 3. Antimony trioxide 4. Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) 5. Bis(2-ethylhexyl)-3,4,5,6-tetrabromophthalate (TBPH) 6. 2-ethylhexyl-2,3,4,5-tetrabromobenzoate (TBB) 7. Chlorinated paraffins 8. Tris (1-chloro-2-propyl) phosphate (TCPP) 9. PentaBDE 10. OctaBDE 11. Tetrabromobisphenol A (TBBPA) Covered products means bedding, carpeting, children’s products, residential upholistered furniture or window treatment. It is also a responsibility for a manufacturer of a covered product, that contains a banned chemical flame retardant, to provide notice to retailers and other persons that sell covered products in the State on or before 1 July 2021. The law also allows the State’s Department of Environmental Protection to review the list of flame retardants every 3 years and amend it if necessary. The Department can also establish a labelling programme for any covered products that meets relevant fire safety standards and does not contain a chemical flame retardant listed above.​​