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In their meeting last week, the MSC agreed that ECHA should request more information on six substances because the currently available information is insufficient to enable an assessment on the risks that they pose to human health and/or the environment. These particular six substances listed in the Community Rolling Action Plan (CoRAP) were evaluated by Germany, France, Denmark, the United Kingdom, Belgium and Spain.
Further information on Bisphenol-A (BPA) will be requested to clarify a number of concerns. Firstly, the MSC agreed to request a new in vitro skin absorption study to assess the risk to consumers from, for example, toys and PVC articles. Secondly, information on the emissions and environmental exposure of BPA will be requested in order to assess the impact on the environment. The information will help to finalise the risk assessment and to decide whether further risk management measures are needed. There are on-going studies on BPA in the USA which the German authority will also take into account in the next step of the assessment on endocrine disrupting properties for humans.
The MSC agreed to request further information on oligomerisation and alkylation reaction products of 2-phenylpropane and phenol (previously registered as Phenol, methylstyrenated). The information requested is a bioaccumulation study in fish to clarify the concern for potential persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic properties. A combined repeated dose toxicity (90 day) and reproductive toxicity study is also requested (EOGRTS, OECD 443) to investigate endocrine disrupting effects.
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