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Unauthorised HBCDD to be blocked from market


Lithuania will block unauthorised Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD) products and raw materials containing it as part of compliance with the EU REACH regulation for the registration, evaluation, authorisation and restrictions of chemicals.

The new regulation is highly relevant for Lithuania because HBCDD is rather widely used in the country in the production of polystyrene foam for thermal insulation of buildings.

If specific HBCDD is not authorised, its supply to and use in production will in effect be prohibited. Authorisations will be issued by the European Commission to specific enterprises for the use if specific chemicals in specific methods of production.

Any company in the country that would like to import HBCDD will be unable to use this compound in the production of polystyrene foam if it did not submit an application for authorisation by the deadline of 21 February 2014. If the compound is purchased from authorised suppliers or manufacturers in other EU member states, no additional authorisation will be required, provided authorisation conditions are met, including the method of production.

The polystyrene foam and extruded polystyrene products made until 21 August this year can still be sold on the market.

The Ministry of Environment has urged the sector’s enterprises to contact their suppliers as soon as possible to find out the composition of the raw materials used and whether they require authorisation. If any suppliers fail to comply with the new requirements after 21 August, Lithuanian manufacturers may need to search for new suppliers or make changes to their production processes.

Further restrictions on the supply and use of HBCDD are expected in the future in implementing the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants. By the end of this year, the use of this compound is to be restricted only to the production of polystyrene foam and extruded polystyrene products for building insulation, and only with authorisation from the European Commission.

In case of any questions, please contact the support service of the environmental protection agency REACH-CLP by phone at +370 5 212 6090 or by email at

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Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas