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May 1, 2022

ECHA and EU Member States Conclude Assessment of Regulatory Needs on Group Assessment of Bisphenols


By Lynn L. Bergeson

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announced on April 6, 2022, that together with European Union (EU) member states, it has assessed a group of 148 bisphenols for risks to human health and the environment. Of these, more than 30 have been identified to have the potential for hormonal or reprotoxic effects. Some uses of these bisphenols include:

  • Anti-oxidant for processing polyvinyl chloride (PVC);
  • Epoxy resin hardeners;
  • Textile, leather, paper and board;
  • (Intermediate in) the manufacture of polymers, polymer resins, epoxy resins;
  • Paints and coatings;
  • Adhesives and sealants;
  • Lubricant and greases/functional fluids;
  • Electrical/electronic engineering ceramic boards;
  • Washing and cleaning;
  • Perfume and fragrance;
  • Plant protection products;
  • Dental sealant;
  • Polycarbonate articles;
  • Rubber products;
  • Thermal paper;
  • Rigid foam; and
  • Fuel additive.

A group restriction of the hazardous bisphenols has been proposed as the best way to manage risks. German authorities are preparing a proposal to restrict the use of bisphenol A and other bisphenols with endocrine-disrupting properties for the environment. Once this proposal is published, ECHA and the European Commission (EC) will consider any further needs for regulatory action on bisphenols.