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German Restriction Proposal on Bisphenols and Derivatives: Opinion Under Development

The German government has submitted an update to the registry of restriction intentions for substances that have endocrine disrupting properties for the environment. The substances in question include Bisphenol A, as well as other bisphenols and bisphenol derivatives.

The current status of the restriction is "opinion development." This means that the government is currently in the process of developing its official opinion on the matter.

The restriction being proposed is to restrict the placing on the market of mixtures and articles where the concentration of these substances is equal to or greater than 10 ppm (0.001% by weight). However, there are certain exceptions to this rule. The restriction will not apply to mixtures and articles where the bisphenols in question are either covalently bound to any type of matrix (i.e. via functioning as a cross-linker) or are used as intermediates in the manufacture of polymers, and for which contact to aqueous media in any form (i.e. also cleaning) can be excluded during their reasonable and foreseeable use throughout their service life, or the migration limit in the respective mixtures and articles does not exceed 0.04 mg/L over the entire service life.

This update was made on 12-jan-2023.

Background information on BPA uses

Bisphenol A (BPA) is mainly used in the production of polycarbonate (PC) and epoxy resin. However, it is also used as an additive in various applications, such as in the transport industry (automotive, aviation), construction, energy generation, textile and paper industry, electronics and optics, packaging, toys and sports articles, and in a wide range of everyday consumer goods. Bisphenols and articles/mixtures derived from BPA are also found in coatings, paints and varnishes, adhesives and sealants, flame retardants, material protection agents, lubricants, medical technology, and the food industry. These end-use applications highlight the widespread use of Bisphenols in various sectors and industries.


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