In February 2016, the REACH Committee supported the adoption of the proposal from the European Commission to re-classify BPA, following the 2014 RAC opinion. As a consequence it is expected that BPA will be re-classified as reprotoxic 1B. This Q&A provides further information about the background of this re-classification, the next steps and addresses questions regarding the consequences.
Today, the highest constitutional authority in France, the French Constitutional Council, stated that the French law of 24 December 2012 suspending the use of Bisphenol A (BPA) unjustifiably restricts trade. The Council ruled that it was unconstitutional that France banned the manufacture and export of BPA-based food contact materials out of France. Consequently, the part of the current law concerning production and export of these products has been abrogated with immediate effect.
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Today, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published its final scientific opinion on the safety of
Bisphenol A (BPA). It combines the authority´s assessment of both exposure and health aspects and
considers comments received from national authorities and stakeholders following extensive engagement
and consultation. The new assessment covers exposure from food sources along with exposure from a
range of other potential sources, and considers all age groups of the population.
French ban on the use of Bisphenol A (BPA) in food contact: In conflict with European
law and risk assessment - severe distortion of the market - no safety benefit for