The Philippines FDA has imposed a ban on BPA in infant feeding bottles and sippy cups. The provisions will become effective 30 days after its publication in two newspapers of general circulation.

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Little boy drinking water from sip cup

Bisphenol A (BPA) is an industrial chemical used primarily in the manufacture of polycarbonate (PC) plastics and epoxy resins. It has been identified as a substance that, due to its estrogenic hormone-like properties and effects on brain development, can be particularly damaging to fetuses, babies and young children. The effects can be particularly dangerous in relation to food contact materials and articles (FCMs), with studies showing that BPA can be released into food and beverages.

The use of BPA in consumer products, especially in FCMs for infants and young children, is now regulated by many jurisdictions around the world.

On August 13, 2019, the Philippines Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published Circular No. 2019-004 of August 9, 2019 to impose a ban on bisphenol A (BPA) in infant feeding bottles and sippy cups. In addition to the prohibition, the Circular contains several important provisions:

  • A six-month phase-out period will be given to establishments to recall all BPA-containing infant baby bottles and sippy cups from the market
  • Manufacturers, importers and/or distributors of these BPA-containing products will be required to carry out the following:
    • To perform an inventory and submit a report to the FDA one month after the specified phased-out period
    • To prepare a disposal plan in accordance with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB) rules and regulations subject to FDA approval

According to the Circular, the provisions will become effective 30 days after its publication in two newspapers of general circulation and submission to the Office of the National Registry of the University of the Philippines Law Center.

Highlights on the BPA prohibition in the Circular are summarized in Table 1

Philippines Food and Drug Administration, Circular No. 2019-004 of August 9, 2019
Ban of Bisphenol A (BPA) from Infant Feeding Bottles and Sippy Cups as Child Care Article Products
Substance Scope Requirement Effective Date
  • Infant feeding bottles
  • Sippy cups
Prohibited 30 days after Circular has been published in 2 newspapers of general circulation

Table 1

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