The Court of Justice of the EU has confirmed that bisphenol A (BPA) – a chemical used to make plastics – must be listed as a “substance of very high concern” for its hormone-disrupting properties on the human body.

Following scientific work done by the French authorities, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) identified BPA as hazardous for the endocrine system – and therefore of very high concern. With today’s ruling, the Court rejected the final attempt by lobby group PlasticsEurope to reverse ECHA’s decision – so BPA will stay on the official list of substances of very high concern. PlasticsEurope cannot appeal this judgment.

BPA is used in the manufacture of food containers, plastic bottles and receipts. It is already banned in the EU for some products – such as baby bottles. France has banned BPA in all food packaging, containers and utensils.