Bisphenol A is an Endocrine Disruptor

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  • Published: 16 June 2017
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The Member State Committee (MSC) of the EU unanimously agreed on the identification as substances of very high concern (SVHCs) of:

  • 4,4'-isopropylidenediphenol (bisphenol A, BPA) (EC 201-245-8, CAS 80-05-7)
    proposed by France, due to its endocrine disrupting properties for human health which give rise to an equivalent level of concern to carcinogenic, mutagenic, toxic to reproduction (CMRs category 1A or 1B) substances.
    used primarily to make plastics, in commercial use since 1957
  • Perfluorohexane-1-sulphonic acid and its salts (PFHxS)
    proposed by Sweden, due to their very persistent and very bioaccumulative (vPvB) properties.
    belongs to the substance group of perfluoroalkyl sulfonic acids (PFSAs) in which the well-studied perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) has been determined to be a persistent organic pollutant (POP) by the Stockholm Convention.

ECHA will include PFHxS in the Candidate List and will update the current entry for BPA accordingly by the end of June 2017. Companies may have legal obligations with respect to these substances upon publication of the updated Candidate List. The Candidate List of substances may become subject to authorization (Annex XIV). These substances cannot be placed on the market or used after a given date, unless an authorization is granted for their specific use, or the use is exempted from authorization.

Each European Member State appoints one member to the MSC for a renewable term of three years. The Committee may appoint up to five additional members chosen for their specific competencies. The members may be accompanied by advisers.


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