California Prop 65 Update Proposal for Bisphenol A (BPA)
California Proposition 65, or Proposition 65, (formally titled The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986), is a California law passed by direct voter initiative in 1986 which aims to protect drinking water sources from toxic substances that may cause cancer and birth defects and to reduce or eliminate exposures to those chemicals generally, for example in consumer products, by requiring warnings in advance of those exposures.
An official list of substances covered by Proposition 65 is maintained and made publicly available. Chemicals are added to or removed from the official list based on California's analysis of current scientific information. All substances listed show their known risk factors, a unique CAS chemical classification number, the date they were listed, and, if so, whether they have been delisted.
Bisphenol A (BPA, CAS No. 80-05-7) was included in the California Proposition 65 list for its reproductive toxicity by the California Environmental Health Risk Assessment Office (OEHHA) in May 2015. Since then, numerous products have been indicted for BPA content without providing warning signs, including heat-sensitive paper and food-contact products such as polycarbonate (PC) kitchen utensils.
The recent settlement agreement embodies two trends. First, the more stringent control of BPA had been implemented (for example, kitchen utensils of PC material and in the heat-sensitive paper. Another trend is the increased range of product prosecution, such as the requirement for BPA in the mobile phone cases.
SGS advises all concerned companies to take a proactive approach to BPA enforcement and to ensure that the product meets the California 65 proposal.
Prop 65 BPA-related cases
|PRODUCT||LIMIT FOR BPA CONTENT|
|Mobile Phone Case||≤ 3 ppm, or a warning label is required|
|Heat-sensitive Paper||< 10 ppm|
|Polycarbonate (PC) Kitchen Utensils||BPA-free, or a warning label is required|
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