Register of Specific Exemptions: Decabromodiphenyl ether

Parties may register for specific exemptions listed in Annex A or B pursuant to paragraph 3 of Article 4. These specific exemptions have a limited timeframe and shall expire five (5) years after the date of entry into force of the Convention with respect to that particular chemical (paragraph 4 of Article 4), unless an earlier date is indicated in the Register by the Party or an extension is granted by the Conference of the Parties under paragraph 7 of Article 4.

Specific exemptions

Activity Specific exemption Party Expiry date Estimated quantity of
production / use
Purpose(s) of
production / use
Reason for exemption Remarks
Use • Parts for use in vehicles specified in paragraph 2 of Part IX of Annex A. Brazil At the end of service life of legacy vehicles or in 2036, whichever comes earlier. Unknown • Parts for use in vehicles specified in paragraph 2 of Part IX of Annex A. Brazil is working on the development, validation and homologation of parts that do not use BDE-209. It will be necessary to import parts for use in vehicles until the replacement is possible. DecaBDE is imported under the NCM 2903.99.29 (other halogenated derivatives with only bromine) that represents all halogenated derivatives with bromine. The quantity imported under this NCM code was 150kg in 2018.
The automotive sector imports articles with DecaBDE, which makes it difficult to estimate the exact quantity used by the sector. Anyway, we are working with the industry to check with their associates in the IMDS (International Material Data System) the amount imported annually by them. At the same time, we are in contact with the Plastic Association to verify the amount of DecaBDE imported by this sector.
Use • Textile products that require anti-flammable characteristics, excluding clothing and toys. Iran (Islamic Republic of) 18 December 2023 100 tonnes Use as fire retardant in textile. DecaBDE is used as an additive flame retardant and has a variety of applications including textiles, coatings and etc. in Iran. The date of entry into force of the amendment for Iran will be 18 December 2018.
Use • Parts for use in vehicles specified in paragraph 2 of Part IX of Annex A.
• Aircraft for which type approval has been applied for before December 2018 and has been received before December 2022 and spare parts for those aircraft.
New Zealand 18 December 2023 Unknown • Parts for use in vehicles specified in paragraph 2 of Part IX of Annex A.
• Aircraft for which type approval has been applied for before December 2018 and has been received before December 2022 and spare parts for those aircraft.
The average age of the New Zealand vehicle fleet is over 14 years and it will therefore be necessary to import and/or manufacture parts for these vehicles for a number of years. Similarly, a specific exemption would be needed for the relevant aircraft and spare parts for those aircraft.

Expired specific exemptions

No expired specific exemptions.