The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) is consulting on proposals to declare six chemicals as substances of very high concern (SVHC), opening the door for their use to require authorisation in the future.
The most well-known and widely used among the group is bisphenol A (BPA).
BPA is now considered a category 1b reproductive toxin, meaning that evidence of its harm is largely from animal studies. EU member states voted in favour of the reclassification in February and EU legislation implementing this was published in July.
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