An Exposure Assessment of Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDE) (Final Report)

EPA announced the availability of the final report, An Exposure Assessment of Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers. This report provides a comprehensive assessment of the exposure of Americans to this class of persistent organic pollutants. Individual chapters in this document address: the production, use, and lifecycle of PBDEs; environmental fate; environmental levels; and human exposure.

EPA has an office-wide workgroup comprised of scientists from several program offices including the Offices of Pesticides, Prevention, and Toxic Substances, the Office of Water, and the Office of Research and Development, Office of Policy, Economics, and Innovation, to study production, use, alternatives, environmental fate, exposure, and health effects of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs). This PBDE Workgroup issued a project plan in 2006 that outlined projects in these areas. A description of the mission of the workgrop group, with a link to this project plan and recent status reports, can be found at This final report addresses the exposure assessment needs identified in that project plan.


U.S. EPA. An Exposure Assessment of Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDE) (Final Report). U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC, EPA/600/R-08/086F, 2010.


Dec 2008EPA released the draft report for public review and comment.
Feb 2009An independent contractor initiated a letter review of the draft report.
May 2010Following the external peer review and comments, EPA updated the report and released the final document.

This document has been reviewed in accordance with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency policy and approved for publication. Mention of trade names or commercial products does not constitute endorsement or recommendation for use.