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FIFA Medical Committee Statement on SBR

Wednesday, May 3, 2017   (0 Comments)
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The FIFA Medical Committee has released a letter concerning possible exposure to SBR in artificial turf fields, noting that "a large number of studies have further confirmed that the effect of SBR rubber are as negligible as the effect of ingesting grilled foods or exposure to tyre wear on roads in everyday life." FIFA is referring to the recent studies conducted by the Dutch RIVM, ECHA and Washington state. With respect to the presence of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH's), FIFA noted that "there is no scientific evidence of these being bioavailable in their application as car tyres and infill for artificial turf fields thereafter." Finally, FIFA stated that "while it will never be possible to exclude risk completely or prove this negative, the newer studies have confirmed the previous findings that there is no evidence of link between contracting cancer." 

A full copy of the letter is attached and the URL is below. 

http://quality.fifa.com/globalassets/documents/20170330-statement-on-sbr-infill-v1.0.pdf 

Dan Bond, CAE

President & Chief Executive Officer

Synthetic Turf Council


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