EU consultation on stricter BPA classification

A French proposal to reclassify bisphenol A could result in more stringent restrictions on the chemical across Europe

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) is consulting on a proposal to classify bisphenol A (BPA) as a more severe category 1b reprotoxic substance under the EU rules on the classification, labelling and packaging (CLP) of chemicals.

Under the CLP regulation, BPA is classified as a category 2 reprotoxic substance, which means it is only suspected of damaging fertility.

More than ten years ago, the UK authorities called for a stricter category 2; R60 classification under the 1967 Directive on Dangerous Substances, corresponding to category 1b under the new CLP regulation.

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