Bisphenol A has been studied, tested and safely used for over 50 years. Health authorities in Europe and around the world have confirmed and authorised the safe use of BPA and materials based on BPA such as polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins.
Since 2006, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) conducted several scientific assessments on BPA. In each case EFSA reaffirmed that there is no concern for human health from BPA: human exposure to BPA is far below the safe intake level, and even lower than previously estimated (EFSA 2013). In its final assessment on BPA published in January 2015, based on a comprehensive review of over 450 recent studies related to potential health hazards associated with BPA, EFSA concludes: There is no consumer health risk from BPA exposure.
According to the European Chemicals Regulation REACH, Bisphenol A is not a Substance of Very High Concern (SVHC).
The European Commission´s Risk Assessment of Bisphenol A investigated potential risks to human health as well as to the environment. It found that BPA and BPA-based materials are safe in its intended uses.
Nevertheless, based on a highly precautionary approach, the European Commission at an earlier stage had decided to restrict one specific BPA-based application: Since 1 June 2011, the production and sale of BPA-based polycarbonate baby bottles is no longer permitted under European law. The decision is not a consequence of any evidence of adverse effects from BPA. It was taken after the market for polycarbonate baby bottles in Europe had virtually disappeared.
Some European countries established further restrictions on the use of BPA-based materials in food contact plastics applications. These restrictions are in conflict with the EU law.
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