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Classification of BPA as CMR 1B comes into force in 2018

Chemical Watch reports that the revised EU mandatory classification of bisphenol A (BPA) as a category 1B substance toxic for reproduction will come into force on 1 March 2018. This follows this week's publication of a Regulation in the EU Official Journal.

The new classification brings BPA into the CMR category 1 group for the first time. It is significant because such chemicals can be nominated – according to REACH Article 57(a) – as a substance of very high concern (SVHC) and be added to the REACH candidate list. This in turn could lead to uses requiring authorisation if they are to stay on the market.

Category 1 CMRs can also be banned from use in consumer productsin the EU via a simplified procedure.

EU member state officials backed the new classification in February.

The revised classification is included in a Regulation published on 20 July. This sets out a raft of changes to Annex VI of the CLP Regulation, which lists all mandatory classifications.

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