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OEHHA Considering Possible Addition of BPA in Proposition 65 Chemical List

February 23, 2015


The California Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), the lead agency for the implementation of the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (Proposition 65) has announced that there will be a meeting to discuss the possible listing of Bisphenol A (BPA) to their Proposition 65 List.

On May 7, 2015, Bisphenol A (BPA) will be considered for possible listing based on female reproductive toxicity by the Developmental and Reproductive Toxicant Identification Committee (DARTIC). At this meeting, the DARTIC will consider whether BPA has been clearly shown by scientifically valid testing according to generally accepted principles to cause female reproductive toxicity.

The May 7 meeting will be held at the California EPA Headquarters building and will begin at 10:00 am PT. A live webcast will be available here:

In addition, the 45 day public comment period regarding the supporting data (found here) began February 20, 2015 and ends on April 6, 2015.


Why It Matters

BPA is being brought to the DARTIC at this time, consistent with the committee's request at its July 15, 2009 to re-visit consideration of BPA if additional epidemiological or other specific types of data on reproductive and developmental toxicity became available.

Substantial new epidemiological and toxicological data on BPA and female reproductive toxicity has become available since 2009, and thus OEHHA has assembled materials on BPA and female reproductive toxicity for the DARTIC's consideration.

DARTIC advises and assists OEHHA in compiling the list of chemicals known to the State to cause reproductive toxicity as required by Proposition 65. The Committee serves as the state's qualified experts for determining whether a chemical has been clearly shown through scientifically valid testing according to generally accepted principles to cause reproductive toxicity.

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