ECB classifies BPA as a 'category 3 reproductive toxicant'

17 January 2002 17:18  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (CNI)--Bisphenol A (BPA) has been classified as a 'category 3 reproductive toxicant' by the classification and labelling group of the European Chemicals Bureau (ECB), CNI was informed on Thursday.

The decision was made at a three-day meeting in Ispra, Italy which is reviewing a number of substances including BPA. The meeting began on Wednesday and concludes tomorrow.

The BPA sector group of the European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) said in a statement today: "Industry acknowledges the outcome, although it is still convinced that there is no scientific basis for any classifications of BPA."

It noted that there was no classification of BPA as a developmental toxicant, although the results of a planned multi-generational study on mice will be considered.

BPA is an important building block used in the manufacture of polycarbonate (PC) plastics, and is also used to produce epoxy coatings, food and beverage can linings, composites and adhesives.

By: Anna Jagger
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