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Status Intention
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 industrial and professional uses where strictly controlled conditions cannot be assured, e.g. in non-automated processes and for consumer uses. 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.
Further substance information 4,4'-isopropylidenediphenol (Bisphenol A) and structurally related bisphenols (including derivatives) of similar concern for the environment.
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.
CLP Annex VI Index Number
  • 604-030-00-0

Intention timeline

Date of intention 2020-10-01
Expected date of submission 2021-10-01
Latest update 2020-12-16

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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.

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April 9, 2021
  • Name: 4,4’-isopropylidenediphenol;bisphenol A4,4'-isopropylidenediphenol
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