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Registry of restriction intentions until outcome

The registry of restriction intentions until outcome lists the intentions and Annex XV restriction proposals received by ECHA.

A restriction proposal may be prepared by a Member State or by ECHA at the request of the Commission or on its own initiative for substances in the Authorisation List. It is a legal requirement for a Member State to notify ECHA of its intention to prepare a restriction dossier. The advance notice enables interested parties to plan and prepare for commenting later on.

Interested parties can follow the progress of a proposal through the restriction process, from the notification of the intention to the adoption of the final opinions by the Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) and the Committee for Socio-economic Analysis (SEAC), and the adoption of the restriction by the European Commission.

Stakeholders are encouraged to submit any relevant information to the dossier submitters during the preparation of the restriction proposal and during the consultations. Information to motivate any exemptions to the scope described in the intention is particularly useful to receive in the preparatory phase of the dossier.

4,4'-isopropylidenediphenol

Bisphenol A; BPA EC / List no: 201-245-8 CAS no: 80-05-7
CLP Annex VI Index number
604-030-00-0
Further substance information
4,4'-isopropylidenediphenol (Bisphenol A) and structurally related bisphenols (including derivatives) of similar concern for the environment.
Submitter(s)
Germany
Details on the scope of restriction
A) Restricting the use as an additive and the content in articles (0.02% by weight) B) Restricting content of residues (unreacted monomer) in articles – also for imported goods (0.02% by weight) C) Restricting the use of mixtures with content of 0.02% by weight for non-automated processes D) Introducing release rates for BPA from articles (products and subassemblies) during service life (weathering, leaching due to cleaning action) preventing release into the environment and/or (direct) migration to organisms.
Reason for restriction
Bisphenol A is an endocrine disruptor for environmental organisms. Continuous emission into surface water via wastewater treatment results in constant pollution of surface water bodies. To avoid regrettable substitution of Bisphenol A, especially with regard to drop-in alternatives, it is planned to also address other bisphenols of concern, including derivatives (i.e. those that exhibit similar concern for the environment based on their structural similarity and hazardous properties for the environment). The restriction is seen as an emission reduction measure. This is necessary because of the specific hazard associated with the substance(s). Continuous emissions into the environment via waste treatment plant occur. Peak emissions were determined e.g. near paper recycling/production plants and professional laundries. Traffic security systems often contain recycled material and show high residues leaching directly into the environment. Products containing BPA (indoor and outdoor use) may lead to continuous releases into wastewater treatment plants. A restriction is proposed as authorisation would not address releases from imported articles. Additionally, alternative bisphenols with similar concern have increasingly been used as substitutes for Bisphenol A. Taking into account recent observations, it can be assumed that if the amount of Bisphenol A for e.g. a process decreases, the amount of alternative bisphenols increases at the same rate. Therefore, the scope of this restriction aims to also address bisphenols of similar concern for the environment.
Remarks
Stakeholders are requested to provide any information relevant to the Dossier Submitter during the Annex XV Restriction Dossier process, either in any call for evidence or separately during the process. This information will be used, amongst other issues, to determine if any derogations are required for the potential restriction as these cannot be proposed without adequate risk and socio-economic information. If a derogation is not proposed by the Dossier Submitter then it will be incumbent on the relevant stakeholders to do so during any consultation process with a full risk and socio-economic justification accompanying it.
Status
Intention
Date of intention
01/10/2020
Expected date of submission
01/10/2021
Withdrawal date
Reason for withdrawal
Start of Call for Evidence public consultation
14/10/2020
Deadline for comments on the Call for Evidence
15/01/2021
Start of second Call for Evidence public consultation
Deadline for comments on the second Call for Evidence
Start of third Call for Evidence public consultation
Deadline for comments on the third Call for Evidence
Restriction report (and annexes)
Information note on restriction report
Start of Annex XV report public consultation
1st deadline for comments on Annex XV report
Final deadline for comments on Annex XV report
Comments on Annex XV report
Opinion of RAC (and minority positions)
Draft opinion of SEAC
RAC & SEAC (draft) Background document (and annexes)
Start of SEAC draft opinion public consultation
Deadline for comments on SEAC draft opinion
Comments on SEAC draft opinion
Compiled RAC and SEAC opinion (and minority positions)
Final background document (and annexes)
Adopted restriction/Commission communication
Latest update
14/10/2020

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