The Association Connecting Electronics Industries (IPC) has released a white paper that calls on the European Union to reject a recommended expansion of RoHS. The recommendation comes from the Germany-based environmental research association, Oko-Institut, which called on the European Union to expand RoHS to include the banning of Tetrabromobisphenol (TBBPA), a flame retardant used to provide flame retardacy to more than 80 percent of printed circuit boards. In addition to TBBPA, the institute suggests banning hexabromocylcododecanes (HBCDD), several phthalate plasticizers and all organic compounds containing chlorine and bromine.
IPC points out that TBBPA was found to be safe by the comprehensive European Union Risk Assessment. IPC also states that it believes the Oko-Institut recommendations “are arbitrary and lack a sound scientific basis. In addition, the recommendations also would create inconsistencies between the REACH and RoHS directives.”