Bisphenol A (BPA) structural analogues and functional alternatives

Regulatory action for bisphenol A (BPA), as well as consumer and market shifts toward “BPA-free” products, have led to a rise in the use of BPA alternatives. Understanding the potential risk to the environment and human health from a substance used as a substitute for BPA is important to ensure the continued protection of Canadians and the environment.

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Technical consultation

As a result of the 2017-2018 Identification of Risk Assessment Priorities (IRAP) review, and through similar work being conducted in other jurisdictions, certain bisphenols and related substances (343 BPA structural analogues and functional alternatives, in addition to BPA) were identified for further consideration in a problem formulation process in the context of prioritization. As a first step in this further scoping, the Government of Canada published a document entitled the Technical Consultation: Proposed Subgrouping of Bisphenol A (BPA) Structural Analogues and Functional Alternatives on December 18, 2020 for a public comment period, ending on February 17, 2021.

The intent of this consultation is to obtain input on the group of BPA structural analogues and functional alternatives identified based on the application of the approach described in the document.

Comments received on this document will inform the subsequent problem formulation process, as well as any potential future activities for these substances.

Timelines
Date Activity
Summer 2021 Anticipated release of a Bisphenol A (BPA) Structural Analogues and Functional Alternatives survey issued under section 71 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999.
December 18, 2020 Publication and start of a public comment period on the Technical Consultation: Proposed Subgrouping of Bisphenol A (BPA) Structural Analogues and Functional Alternatives.
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