In an article published on August 18, 2017, regulatory news provider Chemical Watch reported that EU Member States (MS) have started to perform risk management option analyses (RMOAs) for substances listed under the European Chemicals Agency’s (ECHA) public activities coordination tool (PACT).

Currently, France is assessing bisphenol A (BPA, CAS 80-05-7) which was identified as a substance of very high concern due to its reprotoxic and endocrine disrupting properties (FPF reported). The Netherlands are conducting a RMOA for penta-1,3-diene (CAS 504-60-9) because of concerns related to the environment and human health. Germany intends to assess decamethylcyclopentasiloxane (D5, CAS 541-02-6) and octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (D4, CAS 556-67-2) due to potential persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic (PBT) properties. Denmark intends to evaluate perfluorobutanoic acid (PFBA, CAS 375-22-4) and its salts and precursors because of suspected PBT and carcinogenic, mutagenic, and reprotoxic (CMR) properties.

BPA is included as monomer in the Union List of substances authorized for use in plastic FCMs (Annex I of Regulation (EU) No 10/2011) and listed in the FACET inventory of food contact materials (FCMs), as well as in the ESCO working group list of non-plastic FCMs. Penta-1,3-diene is included in the ESCO and FACET lists; the cyclic siloxanes D4 and D5 are listed in the FACET inventory and are typical non-intentionally added substances (NIAS) in silicones used in contact with food.

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Chemical Watch (August 18, 2017). “EU member states begin RMOAs of new substances.