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Public consultation launched on a proposal for revision of the harmonised classification and labelling on bisphenol A

ECHA/PR/13/31

ECHA invites the parties concerned to comment on a new proposal for harmonised classification and labelling (CLH) on bisphenol A. The public consultation will be open for 45 days and will end on 11 October 2013.

Helsinki, 27 August 2013 - France has submitted a proposal to amend the current harmonised classification and labelling of bisphenol A from reproductive toxicity category 2 (hazard statement code H361f) to reproductive toxicity Category 1B (hazard statement code H360F). The CLH proposal is focused on the adverse effects on sexual function and fertility. Therefore, ECHA would like to stress that the public consultation is targeted at the adverse effects on sexual function and fertility only, not on developmental toxicity or other hazard classes than reproductive toxicity.

The CLH report and the dedicated webform to post the comments are available on the ECHA website. The comments received during the public consultation will be regularly published on the ECHA website during the 45-day consultation phase.

Table 1. The proposed classification and labelling for harmonisation and examples of uses of the substance.

Substance name

EC number

CAS number

Proposed  harmonised classification and labelling

Examples of uses*

bisphenol A; 4,4'-isopropylidenediphenol

201-245-8

80-05-7

Reproductive toxicity – only adverse effects on sexual function and fertility is open for public consultation

Mainly used in manufacturing polycarbonate, epoxy resins, polymers, coating materials, chemicals and thermal paper; as an anti-oxidant for processing PVC (Polyvinyl chloride); manufacturing epoxy resin hardeners (formulation); in epoxy resin hardeners (inclusion into or onto a matrix); as a laboratory reagent (R&D).

* Please note that information on uses does not impact the classification and labelling, which is solely based on the intrinsic properties of a substance. Examples of uses are copied from the CLH report.