2D structural formula of Bisphenol A

BISPHENOL A (BPA)

What is it?

“Bisphenol A (BPA) is an organic synthetic compound with the chemical formula (CH3)2C(C6H4OH)2 belonging to the group of diphenylmethane derivatives and bisphenols, with two hydroxyphenyl groups.” Wikipedia

What are the effects?

This substance belongs to the groups:

Bisphenol A is prohibited for use in cosmetics in the European Union and Canada.

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) classifies Bisphenol A as a substance that “may damage fertility, causes serious eye damage, may cause an allergic skin reaction and may cause respiratory irritation” and “is toxic to aquatic life with long lasting effects and is suspected of damaging fertility or the unborn child.”

BPA is on ECHA’s Candidate List of “Substances of very High Concern”.

Bisphenol A is identified as an endocrine disruptor by the European Member State Committee (MSC).

How is it used?

In cosmetic products⋆ Bisphenol A is most commonly used as a preservative. Although it is not so common to find it in cosmetics anymore as that has been prohibited in many parts of the world, it may still be found.

Bisphenol A (BPA) is very pervasive in our food system and present in many everyday items, consumer products, food and drink packaging. The chemical can be found in packaging such as lids of glass jars, bottles for cooking oil, aluminium drink cans, and aerosol cans. From these containers, BPA can be transferred to the food and drink that we consume. BPA can also be found in store receipts, baby bottles, medical devices, airline tickets – generally in all kinds of products that needs coating material.

We use the European Commissions definition of Cosmetics:
“Cosmetics range from everyday hygiene products such as soap, shampoo, deodorant, and toothpaste to luxury beauty items including perfumes and makeup”.

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