ECHA Announces Proposal to Revise BPA's Classification under the CLP Regulation
France has submitted a proposal to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) to reclassify bisphenol A (BPA) from reproductive toxicity Category 2 to reproductive toxicity Category 1B. Under Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 on the classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures (CLP Regulation), ECHA's Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) is required to adopt an opinion on any classification and labeling (CLH) proposal within 18 months after receipt of the proposal.
ECHA has opened a 45-day consultation period, ending October 11, 2013, during which interested parties can comment on the new proposal for the reclassification and labelling of BPA. ECHA emphasized that the consultation is focused on BPA's adverse effects on sexual function and fertility, and does not include other hazards or developmental toxicity.