ECHA approves five uses for biocides

Biocidal Products Committee of ECHA adopts 10 opinions on applications for approval of 3 biocides; PHMB may be approved for food and feed

Public consultation on 9 new SVHCs

ECHA opens public consultation on proposals for 9 substances of very high concern, including BPA as environmental endocrine disruptor; deadline for comments is October 20, 2017

EU assesses chemicals of potential concern

European Member States assess risk management options for BPA and other substances relevant for food contact materials

REACH workshop on environmental EDCs

ECHA holds workshop discussing the authorization process for environmental endocrine disruptors under REACH on August 22, 2017 in Brussels; registration open until August 2, 2017

Progress on EDC guidance document

ECHA informs about current status of guidance document for identifying EDCs; public consultation on draft guidance will open after final adoption of EDC criteria by EU Parliament and Council

PFHxS added to Candidate List

European Chemicals Agency adds perfluorohexane-1-sulfonic acid and its salts (PFHxS) to candidate list of substances of very high concern (SVHC); updates entries for BPA and four phthalates to include endocrine disrupting properties for human health

EU Member States adopt EDC criteria

EU Member States vote in favor of European Commission-proposed criteria to identify endocrine disruptors in the field of plant protection products; both industry and NGOs view adopted criteria as ‘flawed,’ call on European Parliament to veto the proposal

ECHA updates guidance on SVHCs in articles

ECHA publishes comprehensive update of guidance on substances of very high concern in articles, clarifies companies’ communication and notification obligations

Restriction of 4 phthalates progressing

ECHA’s Committee for Socio-Economic Analysis issues final opinion in favor of banning endocrine disrupting phthalates DEHP, DBP, DIBP, and BBP in consumer articles; all 4 phthalates relevant for food contact materials

BPA recognized as human endocrine disruptor

ECHA Member State Committee identifies bisphenol A as a substance of very high concern because of its endocrine disrupting effects in humans, in addition to its reprotoxic properties