The ECHA last week classified bisphenol A (BPA) as an endocrine disruptor, due to its “probable serious effects to human health which give rise to an equivalent level of concern to carcinogenic, mutagenic, toxic to reproduction substances”.
BPA is notably suspected of damaging fertility and foetal development.
In itself, this decision is nothing new. France banned BPA in baby bottles in 2010 and in food containers in 2012. The substance is widely used in the plastic coatings inside aluminium food cans, but is also present in plastic straws, many plastic toys and the coatings of paper till receipts.
The new European classification for BPA follows a proposal by the French food security agency (ANSES) from February this year. ECHA’s member state committee, made up of representatives from all 28 EU countries, agreed the change unanimously on 16 June.