RoHS dossier on small brominated alkyl alcohols

In 2014, the Danish EPA performed a survey on brominated flame retardants (BFRs). On the basis of its results, the Danish Technical University (DTU Food) investigated possibilities of grouping BFRs. One of the groupings; the small linear and branched brominated alkyl alcohols, including 2,3-dibromo-1-propanol (2,3-DBPA) and 2,2-bis(bromomethyl)-1,3-propanediol (DBNPG) and 2,2-bis-(bromomethyl)-3-bromo-1-propanol (TBNPA), was chosen for further investigation and the grouping was extended to include also theoretical compounds. The category, defined as having 3-5 carbons, 2-3 bromine atoms and 1-2 alcohol groups, comprises 61 members.

The Danish EPA has thus commissioned a project to collect, assess and present scientific data to support a proposal for restriction of small brominated alkyl alcohol in the RoHS Directive, if the data prove to be adequate. Data shall be collected based on publicly available data and on correspondence with relevant stakeholders. A draft dossier shall be prepared and subjected to an online stakeholder consultation as a means for collecting further data and confirming assessments made in the course of the evaluation. Following this stage the dossier shall be finalized and recommendations shall be made as to the possible restriction of this BFR group under the RoHS Directive.

Study in cooperation with: COWI A/S Denmark (partner)