Potential Restrictions on Additional Bisphenols Could Impact Leather Making Process

Potential Restrictions on Additional Bisphenols Could Impact Leather Making Process

Bisphenol A (BPA) is already listed in the substances of high concern (SVHC) candidate list due to its reprotoxic and endocrine-disrupting qualities. Bisphenol A (BPA) is also listed under Annex XVII of REACH under entry 66 restricting the use in thermal paper, however a broader restriction for Bisphenol A (BPA) may be looming.

Germany have submitted an intention to restrict Bisphenol A in articles. If accepted, this restriction would cover:

  • Restricting the use as an additive and the content in articles (0.02% by weight).
  • Restricting content of residues in articles – also for imported good (0.02% by weight).
  • Restricting the use of mixtures with content of 0.02% by weight for industrial and professional uses where strictly controlled conditions cannot be assured.
  • Introducing release rates for BPA from articles during service life preventing release into the environment and/or migration to organisms.

Alternative Bisphenols with similar environmental concerns have increasingly been used as a substitute for Bisphenol A (BPA), the scope of this restriction would also aim to address those Bisphenols of similar concerns (Bisphenol S and Bisphenol F).

Whilst the effects of this proposal may still be some way off, it is important to consider whether these chemicals are cause for concern within your supply chains.

How can BLC help?

  • REACH SVHC testing and screening service – testing for the presence of substances included in the latest published SHVC list, including BPA.
  • Testing for Bisphenol A, S and F.

Discuss Your Bisphenol A (BPA) Testing Needs

At Eurofins | BLC, our friendly and helpful team of experts will help you identify the required tests for your products, as well as provide guidance if and when failures occur. Eurofins | BLC also provide chemical specification and material specification advice and advanced technical support for Eurofins | BLC Members only

Get a quote from Eurofins | BLC today by email to info@blcleathertech.com or telephone +44 (0) 1604 679 999.

1 March 2021

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