In an article published on September 18, 2015 news provider Plastics News reports on the latest court decision regarding the ban of bisphenol A (BPA, CAS 80-05-7) in France. As of January 2015, France put into effect a ban on the use of BPA in all food packaging under a law passed in 2010 (FPF reported). The French law prohibits the commercialization of BPA-containing food contact materials (FCMs) and is non-concordant with EU food contact regulations. In June 2015, the French Constitutional Council assessed the constitutionality of the French law following a complaint by the European Plastic Industry Association PlasticsEurope (FPF reported). The French Constitutional Court has now decided to lift the ban on the manufacture and export of BPA-containing FCMs because it posed an “unjustifiable restriction of trade.” However, at a national level the law, and thus the ban of BPA-containing FCMs on the French market, remains valid. PlasticsEurope announced that it will continue legal actions, both in France and at EU level, to revoke the French law entirely.

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Plastics News (September 18, 2015). “French court offers mixed decision on BPA.

Chemical Watch (September 18, 2015). “Court partially lifts French BPA ban.

EUWID (September 22, 2015). “Französisches BPA-Verbot wird in Teilen aufgehoben.(in German)