ECHA is seeking comments on BPA and its usage

17 Mar 2022

According to ECHA, the submission of the 4,4′-isopropylidenediphenol (bisphenol A, BPA) (EC 201-245-8,CAS 80-05-7) restriction report by Germany has been postponed until 7 October 2022.

European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) is seeking comments on the substance and examples of its uses:

  • N-(Hydroxymethyl)acrylamide (EC 213-103-2, CAS 924-42-5) used as monomer for polymerization.

    The chemical Bisphenol A (BPA) is used to make polycarbonate plastic. In addition to hard plastic items, such as baby bottles, re-usable water bottles, food containers, pitchers, tableware, and other storage containers, polycarbonate plastic is also used to make soft plastic items.

    BPA may have adverse effects on the fetus, infant, and child’s brain and prostate gland when exposed to it. Children’s behavior may also be affected by BPA exposure. In addition, additional research indicates that BPA may be related to increased blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease.

The deadline for comments on BPA restriction is 19 April 2022.

Until the outcome of the Annex XV review and any restrictions proposed, ECHA keeps a registry of restriction intentions.

A restriction proposal can be prepared by a Member State or by ECHA either on their own initiative or at the request of the Commission. An authorization request can be made for substances on the Authorization List. A Member State must inform ECHA of its intention to develop a restriction dossier as a matter of law. Interested parties can plan and prepare their comments in advance by reviewing the advance notice.

Following the progress of a proposal through the restriction process is possible, starting with the notification of the intention, followed by the adoption of the final opinions by the Risk Assessment Committee (RAC), the Socioeconomic Analysis Committee (SEAC), and the adoption by the European Commission of the restriction.

As part of the preparation and consultation of the restriction proposal, stakeholders are encouraged to submit any relevant information to the dossier submitters. It is important to receive information to motivate any exemptions to the scope described in the intention during the preparation phase of the dossier.

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