Chemical companies providing clarity on supported BPA uses

February 2015

As the implementation of the requirements resulting from the Substance Evaluation of Bisphenol A (BPA) under REACH continues, chemical companies are providing clarity within the REACH dossier on the uses they continue to support.

Brussels, February 17, 2015 - BPA is a chemical that has been in use for decades, primarily in the manufacture of versatile epoxy resins and the high-performance plastic polycarbonate. It was registered under REACH with the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) in 2010, and the substance evaluation was initiated three years later under the Community Rolling Action Plan (CoRAP) with Germany as evaluating Member State. This phase involves investigating the risk profile of chemical substances. 

As part of these activities, ECHA requested additional data on possible releases to environment from different uses of the substance and also on absorption of the chemical via the skin.

The BPA REACH Consortium, which represents leading manufacturers/importers of BPA, decided to focus only on the uses where the BPA Consortium can provide adequate expertise on the life cycle  As a result, manufacturers agreed not to further support  some specific downstream uses in a dossier update, due to a lack of sufficient expertise on the life cycle.

The Consortium takes a positive view of the current substance evaluation under REACH but it is a detailed process.It is therefore critical that registrants focus on those uses they understand well and have expertise in.

According to the BPA REACH Consortium, an initial BPA dossier update with additional information on uses has taken place by the end of 2014 and the process will be completed by 2015.

“We will focus the dossier on the use of BPA as an intermediate or as a monomer, which thus covers the essential BPA-based applications such as polycarbonates and epoxy resins”, says the Consortium Manager. “We have informed the appropriate authorities about this position and will provide the necessary information for the evaluation process.”

Analyzing entry into the environment
The REACH consortium is developing a program intended to further extend our data set concerning pathways through which Bisphenol A may enter the environment. The consortium intends to stay in close contact with the German Federal Environment Agency, UBA, in Dessau as one of the German authorities involved in the Substance Evaluation, on this topic.

About BPA-Reach Consortium
The Bisphenol A REACH Consortium (BPA Consortium) represents the main producers and importers of BPA in Europe. 

The project management and secretariat of the consortium is handled by ReachCentrum.