The flame retardants’ world uses many abbreviations which are often confusing for people who are new to the field. Here we have put together a list of commonly used abbreviations. For chemical substances the CAS registry number is also given.

  • ABS
    Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene copolymers
  • AOH
    Aluminium-oxide-hydroxide (Boehmite)
  • AP
    Ammonium phosphates
  • APP
    Ammonium polyphosphate 68333-79-9
  • ATH
    Aluminium trihydroxide 21645-51-2
  • ATO
    Antimonytrioxide 1309-64-4
  • BADP (or BPA-DPP)
    Bisphenol-A diphenyl posphate, EINECS 425-220-8
  • BDP (or BPA-BDPP)
    Bisphenol-A- bis- diphenylphosphate 5945-33-5, 181028-79-5
  • BFR
    Brominated flame retardant
  • CAF
    Conductive anodic filament
  • CAS
    Chemical Abstracts Service (run by the American Chemical Society)
  • CPSC
    US Consumer Product Safety Commission
  • CTE
    Coefficient of thermal expansion
  • CTI
    Comparative tracking index
  • Deca-DBDE
    Decabromodiphenyl ether 1163-19-5
  • Df
    Dissipation factor
  • DfE
    Design for the Environment (US EPA)
  • DGEBA
    Diglycidyl ether of bisphenol-A
  • DICY
    Dicyandiamide
  • Dk
    Dielectric constant
  • DOPO
    Dihydro-oxa-phosphaphenantrene-oxide
  • DOPO-HQ
    Dihydro-oxa-phosphaphenantrene-oxidehydrochinon
  • DSC
    Differential scanning calorimetry
  • E&E
    Electric and electronic
  • EFRA
    European Flame Retardants Association
  • EPA
    Environmental Protection Agency
  • EPEAT
    Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool
  • EPS
    Expanded Polystyrene
  • EVA
    Poly-ethyl-co-vinyl acetate
  • FPC
    Flexible printed circuit
  • FR
    Flame retardant
  • GWFI
    Glow wire flammability index
  • GWIT
    Glow wire ignition temperature
  • GWT
    Glow wire test
  • HBCD
    Hexabromocyclododecane 25637-99-4
  • HBCDD
    HBCD
  • HDT
    Heat deflection temperature
  • HFFR
    Halogen-free flame retardant
  • HIPS
    High impact polystyrene
  • HTN
    High temperature nylon
  • IEC
    International electrotechnical commission
  • IEEE
    Institue of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
  • LOI
    Limiting oxygen index
  • LSF0H
    Low smoke – flame retardant – zero halogen
  • MC
    Melamine cyanurate
  • MCPP
    Medium-chain chlorinated paraffins 85535-85-8
  • MDH
    Magnesium hydroxide 1309-42-8
  • MPP
    Melamine polyphosphate
  • NEMA
    National electrical manufacturers association
  • NGO
    Non-governmental organization
  • NMI
    N-methylimidazole
  • OBDE
    Octabromodiphenyl ether 32536-52-0
  • OEM
    Original equipment manufacturer
  • PA
    Polyamide
  • PBDE
    Polybrominated diphenyl ethers in general
  • PBT
    Persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic or (different meaning) Polybutyleneterephthalat
  • PC
    Polycarbonate
  • PCT
    Pressure cooker test
  • PET
    Polyethyleneterephthalat
  • PIN
    Phosphorus Inorganic Nitrogen
  • PINFA
    Phosphorus Nitrogen and Inorganic Flame Retardants Associotion
  • PPO
    Polypheneylene oxide
  • PWB
    Printed wiring board (synonymous to printed circuit board)
  • RDP (or PBDPP)
    Resorcinol bis-diphenylphosphate 57583-54-7, 125997-21-9
  • RDX
    Reorcinol bis (dixylenyl phosphate)
  • REACH
    Registration, evaluation and authorisation of chemicals
  • RoHS
    Restriction of certain hazardous substances in electric and electronic equipment
  • RP
    Red Phosphorus 7723-14-0
  • SAN
    Poly-styrene-acrylonitrile copolymer
  • SCPP
    Short-chain chlorinated paraffins 85535-84-8
  • SNUR
    Significant New Use Rules
  • TBB (or EH-TBB)
    2-Ethylhexyl ester 2,3,4,5-tetrabromobenzoate
  • TBBPA
    Tetrabromobisphenol-A 79-94-7
  • TBEP (or TBOEP)
    Tris (2-butoxyethyl) phosphate
  • TBP (ot TNBP)
    Tri-n-butyl phosphate 126-73-8
  • TBPH (or BEH-TEBP)
    1,2-Ethylhexyl 3,4,5,6-tetrabromo-benzenedicarboxylate or (2-ethylhexyl)-3,4,5,6 tetrabromophtalate
  • TCEP
    Tris (2-chloroethyl) phosphate 115-96-8
  • TCP (or TMPP)
    Tricresyl phosphate 1330-78-5
  • TCPP (or TCIPP)
    Tris (chloroiso-propyl) phosphate 13674-84-5
  • TDCP (or TDCIPP)
    Tris(1,3-dichloro-2-propyl)phosphate 13674-87-8
  • Tg
    Glass transition temperature
  • TGA
    Thermogravimetric analysis
  • THPC
    tetrakis(hydroxymethyl)phosphonium chloride [P(CH2OH)4]Cl), an organophosphorus compound combined with a mineral (non-organohalogen) chloride ion (Cl-) which is washed out in the finishing process
  • TPP (or TPHP)
    Triphenyl phosphate 115-86-6
  • TSCA
    US Toxic Substances Control Act
  • UL
    Underwriters Laboratories
  • vPvB
    Very persistent, very bioaccumulative
  • WEEE
    Waste of electric and electronic equipment
  • XPS
    Expanded Polystyrene

For a systematic list of flame retardant abbreviations, see "A novel abbreviation standard for organobromine, organochlorine and organophosphorus flame retardants and some characteristics of the chemicals", A. Bergman et al., Environmental International 49, 2012