OEHHA Issues Public Notice of Completeness of The Vision Council's SUD Request on BpA in Certain Optical Products

OEHHA Issues Public Notice of Completeness of The Vision Council's SUD Request on BpA in Certain Optical Products

02/28/2019

On Wednesday, Feb. 27, California's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) issued a public notice that it has accepted The Vision Council's application for a Safe Use Determination (SUD) for bisphenol A (BpA) exposure in its member companies' eyewear products. This means OEHHA concluded The Vision Council's information and test results—submitted over the past couple years—is sufficiently complete enough to allow OEHHA to decide the merits of The Vision Council's SUD request. A SUD is a formal opinion issued by OEHHA as to whether a Proposition 65 warning is required for specific exposures. The Vision Council's objective with its SUD application is a conclusion from OEHHA that BpA in certain optical products is so small (if at all) that it does not create a health risk requiring a Proposition 65 warning for BpA.

Pursuant to OEHHA's notice, a 30-day public comment period commences March 8, 2019. During this period, interested parties can submit comments in favor or opposing The Vision Council's SUD application. After the comment period closes, interested parties can request a public hearing on the application.

Eventually, OEHHA will review the written comments, any oral comments from a public hearing and the SUD application, and decide whether to grant the SUD. While we do not know how long it will take OEHHA to reach its final decision, the fact that the notice of completeness was issued is a significant step forward toward ultimate resolution of The Vision Council's request.

Any questions about this issue can be directed to Rick Van Arnam, The Vision Council regulatory counsel, at rvanarnam@barnesrichardson.com, or Michael Vitale, The Vision Council's senior technical director, at mvitale@thevisioncouncil.org.

Categories: 
Government and Regulatory Affairs
Divisions: 
Sunglass & Reader Division
Lens Division
Lab Division
Lens Processing Technology Division
Low Vision Division
Optical Retail Division
Eyewear & Accessories Division