Science & Policy Blog: Electronics

Another “candle standard” bites the dust

April 6, 2015. Once again, an IEC candle standard that would have led to the unnecessary use of harmful flame retardants in electronics enclosures worldwide was rejected at the international level on March 20, 2015. The standard was voted down by a wide margin, with “No” votes from 16 countries: Austria, China, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, Republic of Korea, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland and the UK. Canada, Hungary, Slovenia, Sweden, and the US abstained. Thank you…

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The Candle Standard Saga Continues

February 16, 2015. By March 20, 2015, committees in over 50 countries will vote regarding the “candle standard” IEC 62441/Ed1. This standard defines requirements for the external casings of electronics to resist ignition by a small candle flame. Such “candle standards” for electronics do not increase fire safety, and are primarily met with flame retardant chemicals that are harmful to human health and ecosystems and prevent the efficient recycling of plastics. The problems with external ignition standards for electronics are…

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Are flame retardants the secret ingredient in your home-cooked meals?

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A new study has found that brominated flame retardants are present in black thermo cups and kitchen utensils bought in Europe. These types of chemicals have been linked to a number of adverse health effects in humans and animals including cancer. In Europe, the recycling of electronic waste is strictly regulated under EU law as it often contains brominated flame retardants. This recycled waste is not allowed to be used in a number of consumer products, including food contact articles.…

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Another unneeded “candle” standard defeated

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March 28, 2013. Once again, proposed European for external candle flame requirements for television enclosures were defeated. This is the sixth time since 2008 that GSP and our NGO colleagues have prevented an unneeded flammability standard for electronics promoted by the flame retardant manufacturers.  Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Spain, Finland, France, UK, Italy, Sweden, Greece and the Czech Republic voted against this harmful and unnecessary flammability standard for TVs. Big thanks to the GSP team, Center for Environmental Health, Commonweal, the…

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Yet another “candle” standard for TV enclosures rejected in Europe

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July 25, 2015. Based in part on the hard work of our coalition this April, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Spain, Finland, France, UK, Italy, Sweden, Greece and the Czech Republic rejected yet another “candle” standard which would have led to flame retardant chemicals in the enclosures around televisions without a fire safety benefit. According to our colleagues at the European Environmental Citizens Organisation for Standardisation, ECOS, this “shows the impact that we can have as a civil society, sending a very…

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