19 VI 2017 - ECHA classified bisphenol A as a presumed human reproductive toxicant

Bisphenol A is initial component used for polycarbonate production.

ECHA (European Chemicals Agency) adopted last 16 VI 2017 a more stringent classification of bisphenol A in the CLP Regulation (Classification, Labelling and Packaging) by changing its toxicity level from the category of “Suspected human reproductive toxicant” (Category 2) to the category "Presumed human reproductive toxicant" (Category 1B). Enacted on the July 19 2016, the amendment will be applicable the 1st March 2018.

As a direct result, industry players will now have to notify ECHA the presence of bisphenol A in all imported or manufactured items and must also inform buyers, upon request, when items contain the substance.

BPA’s inclusion on the list of substances of very high concern means that its uses may be limited and subject to the granting of a temporary, renewable authorisation.

In its latest comment EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) published last January 2015 an opinion concluding that BPA poses no health risk to consumers, it called studies to date not conclusive enough to revise its temporary tolerable daily intake (TDI) recommendation, but said it remained “committed” to re-evaluating the chemical when a two-year study by the US National Toxicology Program is completed later this year.

More info on ECHA website or ANSES website a general info about BPA issue on The Guadian newspaper, Bloomberg or Plastics Today or Food Packaging Forum.

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