ECHA to Adopt “Group Restriction” on Bisphenols
On April 6 2022, ECHA and the Member States have assessed a group of 148 bisphenols and recommended that more than 30 bisphenols need to be restricted due to their potential hormonal or reprotoxic effects. Many bisphenols are known endocrine disrupters both for human health and the environment and may lead to exposures to both professionals and consumers. Bisphenols are mostly used as intermediates in the manufacture of polymers or polymer resins, such as polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins and hardeners. They are also used in thermal paper, inks and coatings, adhesives, textiles, paper or in board. As they are widely used, a group restriction has been identified as the best way to manage the risks of 34 bisphenols.
China MEE has Released the Revised List of Ozone Depleting Substances under Control (Draft)
On 16 Oct. 2021, China MEE has released the revised list of ozone depleting substances under control for public comments. Under the requirements of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer agreed upon in Oct. 2016, the Revised List shall contain HFCs. Background The Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol is an international agreement to gradually reduce the consumption and production of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and it was a