News 2017 / January

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Four new chemicals added to the Candidate List, including Bisphenol A

Four new substances of very high concern (SVHCs), including Bisphenol A (BPA), has been added to the Candidate List based on proposals by France, Sweden, Germany and Austria, ECHA writes in a press release today. That brings the total number of substances on the Candidate List to 173.

“BPA is a heavily debated chemical and ChemSec welcomes it’s inclusion on the Candidate List. Many companies have worked hard for years in order to substitute BPA and we hope that by now identifying it as an SVHC, even more alternatives will be available in the marketplace”, says ChemSec Policy Advisor Frida Hök.

In addition to BPA, ChemSec would also like to see the similar substances Bisphenol S and Bisphenol F to be added to the Candidate List to avoid regrettable substitution. These substances are already on the SIN List due to their endocrine disrupting effects, along with BPA which was placed on the SIN List already from the start in 2008.

“For the moment, BPA is formally identified as a reprotoxicant even if it is a well-known endocrine disruptor. We therefor hope it will be identified as an EDC as soon as possible, both for the sake of human health and the environment”, says Frida Hök.

The four new additions to the Candidate List are:

  • 4,4’-isopropylidenediphenol (bisphenol A; BPA)
  • Nonadecafluorodecanoic acid (PFDA) and its sodium and ammonium salts
  • p-(1,1-dimethylpropyl)phenol
  • 4-heptylphenol, branched and linear (substances with a linear and/or branched alkyl chain with a carbon number of 7 covalently bound predominantly in position 4 to phenol, covering also UVCB- and well-defined substances which include any of the individual isomers or a combination thereof)

“We are very pleased that PFDA now has moved to the Candidate List and identified as an SVHC. We are also glad to see 4-heptylphenols and p-(1,1-dimethylpropyl)phenol added to the Candidate List as they are endocrine disrupting chemicals”, says Frida Hök.

“However, even if the addition of these four substances to the Candidate List is a step forward, ChemSec is very concerned about the slow pace that substances are identified as SVHC”, Frida Hök concludes.