The Swedish Chemicals Agency intends to nominate 2,2-bis(4'-hydroxyphenyl)-4-methylpentane for addition to the REACH candidate list of SVHCs.
Kemi says it will make its proposal for the bisphenol – also known as 4,4'-isobutylethylidenediphenol – to Echa in August. The substance is classified as a category 1B reproductive toxicant.
In a recent risk management option analysis(RMOA) conclusion document, included on Echa's public activities coordination tool (PACT) webpage, Kemi says candidate listing "might be useful" for providing further information on the potential presence of the substance in articles that are produced in, or imported to the EU, due to the information requirements in REACH Article 33.
This requires companies to respond to a request for information if a product contains any such chemical above a concentration of 0.1%. They must provide this free of charge and within 45 days.
Such information from a candidate listing could be useful, Kemi says, when assessing whether a restriction of the substance is justified as an additional risk management measure.
Kemi says 2,2-bis(4'-hydroxyphenyl)-4-methylpentane is "very similar" to bisphenol A (BPA), which is on the candidate list on three counts. Not only is it toxic to reproduction, but it also has endocrine-disrupting properties which cause probable serious effects to human health and the environment
BPA is used in thermal paper till receipts – although facing a restriction
from 2020 – as well as polycarbonate water bottles and food can linings.
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