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 to scientist and NGO colleagues all over the world who informed the committee members in their countries about the human health, environmental, and recycling harm of the new proposed standard, as well as the lack of proven fire-safety benefit.
Unfortunately, this saga doesn’t end here. Two more standards containing candle flame ignition requirements are scheduled to be released for a vote beginning in mid May 2015.
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