The restriction proposal aims to minimise environmental exposure of endocrine disrupting bisphenols. Due to their technical properties, bisphenol A (BPA) and other bisphenols of similar concern, such as bisphenol S (BPS) and bisphenol B (BPB), are imported, produced and used in a wide range of mixtures and articles in large quantities in the EU. To cover all relevant bisphenols, this restriction has a group approach to avoid regrettable substitution. For the textile sector it is the BPS and BPF, which are being used as after-treatment agents to achieve sufficient colour fastness and a longer shelf life.
- 7 October 2022 – Proposal from Germany submitted to ECHA
- 21 December 2022-22 June 2023 – ECHA 6-month public consultation
- 2023-2024 Discussions in ECHA’s RAC and SEAC Committees
- Once ECHA’s Committees have adopted their opinions, they will be sent to the Commission, who will draft a legal text and send it to the REACH Committee for a vote.