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Commission Decision of 12 March 2009 establishing the revised ecological criteria for the award of the Community Eco-label to televisions (notified under document number C(2009) 1830) (Text with EEA relevance) (2009/300/EC)

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5.Heavy Metals and Flame Retardants

(a)

Cadmium, lead, mercury, chromium 6 + or poly-brominated biphenyl (PBB) or poly-brominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame retardants, as listed in Article 4(1) of Directive 2002/95/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council(1), shall not be used in the television unless the applications of those substances are listed in the Annex to that Directive as exempted from the requirements of Article 4(1) of that Directive or unless their maximum concentration value is equal to or lower than the threshold specified in that same Annex. Regarding the Annex, for PBBs and PBDEs, the maximum concentration value shall be < 0,1 %.

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Plastic parts shall not contain flame retardant substances, or preparations containing substances, that are assigned or may be assigned, at the time of application, any of the following risk phrases or combinations thereof:

  • R40 (possible risk of cancer),

  • R45 (may cause cancer),

  • R46 (may cause heritable genetic damage),

  • R50 (very toxic to aquatic organisms),

  • R51 (toxic to aquatic organisms),

  • R52 (harmful to aquatic organisms),

  • R53 (may cause long term adverse effects in the aquatic environment),

  • R60 (may impair fertility),

  • R61 (may cause harm to the unborn child),

  • R62 (possible risk of impaired fertility),

  • R63 (possible risk of harm to the unborn child),

as defined in Directive 2006/121/EC. This requirement shall not apply to reactive flame retardants i.e. those which upon use change their properties (i.e. are actually not contained in the final product in a concentration > 0,1 %) such that the identified R-phrases above no longer apply.

Assessment and verification: A certificate signed by the television manufacturer declaring compliance with these requirements shall be submitted to the awarding competent body. A declaration of compliance signed by the plastic and flame retardant suppliers and copies of relevant safety data sheets about materials and substances shall also be provided to the awarding competent body. All flame retardants used shall be clearly indicated.

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