California’s BPA Warning Requirements Go Into Effect
Last year, the California Environmental Protection Agency added Bisphenol A (BPA) to the list of chemicals regulated under the California Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, more commonly known as Prop 65. As of May 11, 2016, manufacturers of consumer products containing BPA are required to comply with Prop 65’s warning requirements.
Previously, the primary concern with BPA was in food-contact items such as drinkware. As a result, little—if any drinkware—is still being made with BPA. However, with the move in California, even nonfood-contact items made of polycarbonate, such as sunglasses (polycarbonate lenses) and other products, may also contain BPA and will require testing or warning labels in accordance with Prop 65 regulations. Other examples include cell phone cases, CDs, CD cases, tech product cases, luggage, candle containers, toys, hobby items and safety goggles.
The state’s determination came following a public meeting in May 2015, of the Developmental and Reproductive Toxicant Identification Committee (DARTIC) on the potential listing of BPA under Prop 65. DARTIC based its decision on BPA on scientific testing that showed that the chemical caused reproductive toxicity. Prop 65 requires the state to revise and republish a list of chemicals determined to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity on an annual basis.