EU regulator prioritises BPA for toughest EU restrictions

Bisphenol-A is among 18 substances the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) says should be subject to prior authorisation

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has proposed 18 substances whose use it says should be subject to prior authorisation, among them the extensively-used and controversial endocrine disrupting and reprotoxic chemical bisphenol-A (BPA).

The substance is by far the most heavily used ever to be proposed for addition to the EU ‘authorisation list’ under the REACH Regulation. Inclusion amounts to a default ban on a chemical, with use permitted only on a case by case basis where no viable alternative exists.

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