ECHA Recommends Restricting 34 Bisphenols

Because of their potential endocrine-disrupting or reprotoxic effect, the use of 34 bisphenols is to be restricted, according to a press release issued by the ECHA. The Agency made this decision after an assessment of 148 bisphenols that it carried out with agencies from various EU member states, including Germany.

The ECHA based its decision on the wide use of bisphenols in products. The cautionary measure aims at protecting human health and the environment. Given that background, a group restriction is the right approach.

The number of restricted bisphenols can still change should more chemical data become available for these substances and confirm their negative effects. Bisphenol A, bisphenol B, and 2,2-Bis(4′-hydroxyphenyl)-4-methylpentane are already classified as substances of very high concern (SVHC). The REACH restriction for BPA being worked on by German governmental agencies should appear at the beginning of October this year.

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