BPA, flame retardant and carcinogenic ink face tighter controls

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has proposed that 18 chemicals should be subject to authorisation, among them the heavily-used endocrine disrupting and reprotoxic chemical bisphenol-A (BPA).

The substance is by far the most intensively consumed ever to be proposed for submission, being the major monomer used to make polycarbonate plastics. Although the polymer form is not of direct concern, it can degrade back into the monomer.

The substance is also present in epoxy resins, thermal paper, dental fillings, and food can linings and as a plasticiser in PVC plastic, among many other uses. Between 100,000 and 1m tonnes is imported or manufactured in the EU each year.

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