In an article published on June 16, 2017, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced that its Member State Committee (MSC) has unanimously agreed to additionally identify bisphenol A (BPA, CAS 80-05-7) as a substance of very high concern (SVHC) due to its endocrine disrupting properties that can cause serious adverse health effects in humans. BPA was added to the Candidate List of SVHCs already in January 2017 due to its reprotoxic properties (FPF reported). ECHA noted that it will update the reason for inclusion of BPA in the Candidate List by the end of June 2017.
Further, ECHA’s MSC decided to identify perfluorohexane-1-sulphonic acid and its salts (PFHxS, CAS 355-46-4) as SVHCs due to their very persistent and very bioaccumulative (vPvB) properties. Per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFASs) are used, among other applications, as grease and stain repellents in food packaging (see FPF background article).
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