The use of certain bisphenols is restricted in the EU due to their hazardous properties, in order to protect human health and the environment.
The candidate list of substances of very high concern (SVHC) contains three bisphenols. BPA and BPB have been identified as endocrine disruptors for the environment and human health. BPA and 2,2-bis(4'-hydroxyphenyl)-4-methylpentane have been identified as reproductive toxicants.
The aim of the authorization procedure is to ensure that substances of very high concern (SVHC) are progressively replaced by other, less hazardous substances or alternatives where suitable alternatives exist. To avoid situations where one hazardous bisphenol is replaced by another that may be just as harmful, ECHA and member states have evaluated 148 bisphenols.
To protect people and the environment, the authorities found that 34 bisphenols could be subject to restrictions under the European chemicals legislation, REACH, because they can interfere with hormone systems and affect reproduction. Identification as Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) or harmonized classification and labeling are proposed as a first step in managing the risks associated with these bisphenols. This number may evolve as new information is generated on these and other bisphenols for which data were insufficient.
The list of SVHC candidate substances is therefore likely to be modified in the near future by the addition of several bisphenols.
Following the inclusion of substances on the candidate list, companies may be bound by legal obligations. These obligations, which apply from the date of inclusion, concern not only substances on their own or in mixtures, but also their presence in articles.
Regular monitoring of the candidate list is therefore necessary to keep abreast of your obligations. This can be done by means of a regulatory watch, which we can help you with.