On March 19, 2014 the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced that the Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) proposed to change the classification of bisphenol A (BPA) from a category 2 reproductive toxicant to a category 1B reproduction toxicant, in line with a proposal from the French competent authority. In Annex VI of the Classification, Labeling and Packaging (CLP) Regulation (EC 1272/2008), BPA is currently listed “a substances suspected to damage fertility, that may cause respiratory irritation and allergic skin reaction, and as a substance that causes serious eye damage.” The RAC opinion was adopted by consensus and refers to the intrinsic hazard properties of BPA. Human exposure was not taken into consideration. The proposal is now to be treated by the REACH Regulatory Committee, and if agreed upon, adopted by the European Commission. A re-classification as a 1B reproductive toxicant would open the possibility for BPA being classified as a Substance of Very High Concern (SVHC) under the European chemical regulation REACH.

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ECHA (March 19, 2014). “RAC proposes to strengthen the classification of bisphenol A