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Focus has shifted to assessing groups of chemicals in one go rather than individually. Why was this change needed?
What are bisphenols used for and why are they problematic?
Assessing 148 chemicals as a group must require quite some organisation. How did you go about this work?
Based on your assessment, can you tell us what you have learnt about bisphenols? Are there still questions when it comes to their safety?
Next steps for bisphenols
Could you tell more about the European Commission's Restrictions Roadmap and what it means?
Who would you recommend to read the assessment report on bisphenols and why?
Check our website for more info on bisphenols.
Group assessment identifies need to restrict more than 30 bisphenols
Bisphenols are widely used and many are also known endocrine disruptors, which means that they can affect the hormonal systems of people and animals.
Bisphenol A, or BPA, is probably the most known chemical in this group. It has been used since the 1960s in many consumer goods like re-usable plastic tableware, plastic bottles, CDs and sports equipment, such as helmets.
Due to its harmful properties, BPA’s use has already been limited. But it’s not a secret that when authorities have regulated one substance companies often switch to another substance with a similar structure – and many times, one that also has similar effects. This has happened, for example, with BPA in thermal paper where it has largely been replaced by Bisphenol S.
Together with some EU Member States, we have been assessing the need to regulate bisphenols as a group. Our expert, Maarten Roggeman, joins us to explain how the assessment was done and what we can expect as next steps for managing their risks.'
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