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ECHA intends to identify an SVHC in Belgium and France

2022-06-03 Reference source : ECHA

Ecotoxicology SVHC Hazardous chemicals

According to ECHA, there is a new intention to identify a Substance of Very High Concern (SVHC) from Belgium together with France. The substance of interest is 4,4'-sulphonyldiphenol (i.e. Bisphenol S (BPS), EC 201-250-5, CAS 80-09-1), and the following three aspects are of specific concern:

  • Toxic for reproduction (Article 57c)
  • Endocrine disrupting properties (Article 57(f) – environment)
  • Endocrine disrupting properties (Article 57(f) – human health)

The expected date of SVHC dossier submission is set on August 4, 2022 in cooperation with France, after which the assessment process will be initiated. This is what concerned individuals need to pay close attention to.

As per Laboratory Chemical Safety Summary (LCSS) Datasheet, 4,4'-sulphonyldiphenol is categorized as bearing “irritant” and “health hazard”. It is commonly used in fast-drying epoxy glues, as a reactant in polymer reactions, or as a building block in polyethersulfone and some epoxies. Its comparable estrogen-mimicking effects to Bisphenol A (BPA) do not make it less health-threatening when it is firstly intended to replace BPA, and the use of BPS is now under greater and greater discussion.

We acknowledge that the above information has been compiled from ECHA.