BPA declared an endocrine disruptor

Bisphenol A is now a substance of very high concern twice over, due to its effects on hormones and human reproduction

Receipts printed on thermal paper form a major route of exposure to BPA. Photograph: Oleksandr Nebrat/123RFEU experts have agreed to designate bisphenol A (BPA) as a human endocrine disruptor, paving the way for an EU phase-out of the chemical.

On 16 June, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA)’s member state committee voted unanimously to classify the compound, used in polycarbonate plastics, inks and resins, a substance of very high concern (SVHC) under the EU REACH Regulation due to its endocrine-disrupting properties. The vote took place two days earlier.

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