In an article published on February 8, 2016 the news provider Chemical Watch reports on the decision taken by the European Commission (EC) and EU Member States (MS) to classify bisphenol A (BPA, CAS 80-05-7) as ‘toxic for reproduction’ (category 1B). The EC’s Committee established under the Regulation concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH Committee) approved a draft regulation encompassing the ninth adaptation to technical progress (ATP) of the Regulation on Classification, Labelling and Packaging of Substances and Mixtures (CLP Regulation, (EC) 1272/2008). The proposed classification of BPA is included in the annex of said draft regulation. The European Parliament shall now review the draft regulation within three months. Ultimately, the draft will go back to the EC for formal adoption and publication in the EU Official Journal. Category 1 carcinogens, mutagens or reproductive toxicants are banned from use in consumer products in the EU. Further, they can be nominated as substances of very high concern (SVHCs) and thus added to the Candidate List under REACH.

The non-profit organization European Environmental Bureau (EEB) issued a press release welcoming the EC’s and MS’ decision to classify BPA as a reprotoxicant. “Now that BPA is officially classified as a reprotoxicant, Member States have a clear signal to take action to protect EU citizens from the exposure to BPA and avoid spending millions of Euros on treating diseases linked with this substance,” stated Tatiana Santos, Senior Policy Officer for Chemicals at EEB.

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Chemical Watch (February 8, 2016). “BPA poised for classification as category 1 reprotoxin.

EEB (February 9, 2016). “EEB calls on Member States to act as BPA classified as toxic.

Health and Environment Alliance (February 23, 2016). “Chemical Bisphenol A (BPA) classified as toxic.