Risk assessors back calls to class BPA as reproductive toxicant

Published 19 Mar 2014

Breast Cancer UK welcomes the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) announcement today that the Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) has unanimously supported efforts to strengthen the classification of chemical, bisphenol A (BPA), and to class it as a 1B reproduction toxicant, in line with a proposal from the French competent authority.

Lynn Ladbrook, Chief Executive, Breast Cancer UK, said: “This is an encouraging step forwards in the struggle to protect public health from harmful chemicals. There is already sufficient evidence to take precautionary action on BPA and to ban it from our products, most urgently in those that come into contact with our food and drink.

“We hope today’s support will help catalyze efforts to tighten the regulations of all chemicals of concern and that legislation will be transformed into concrete, political action in the very near future to help prevent breast cancer and other serious diseases,” she added.

The RAC’s proposal will now be reviewed by the European chemical regulation committee (REACH). If it agrees, it will adopt the RAC’s recommendation. A re-classification as a 1B reproductive toxicant would open the possibility for BPA to be classified as a Substance of Very High Concern (SVHC) under REACH.

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