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"[…] the scientific evidence at this time does not suggest that the very low levels of human exposure to BPA through the diet are unsafe."
US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), March 2012
"[…] the scientific evidence at this time does not suggest that the very low levels of human exposure to BPA through the diet are unsafe."
US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), March 2012
"… the ingestion of BPA via food does not present a risk to consumers"
Swiss Health Authority, June 2011
"An adequate margin of safety exists for BPA at current levels of exposure from food contact uses, for infants and adults"
US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), January 2010
"BPA is safe at the current levels occuring in food"
FDA website 2015
"An adequate margin of safety exists for BPA at current levels of exposure from food contact uses, for infants and adults"
US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), January 2010
"The highest estimates for aggregated exposure to BPA from both dietary and non-dietary sources are 3 to 5 times lower than the TDI, depending on the age group."
EFSA fact sheet, January 2015
"Receipts containing BPA do not pose a risk to consumers or cashiers"
Danish EPA, June 2011

Bisphenol-A in Polycarbonates

Polycarbonate plastic is the main use for bisphenol A (BPA), accounting for nearly 70% of total BPA production. Polycarbonate plastic is often selected because of its unique combination of properties, such as clarity, durability, safety, versatility and its heat and shatter-resistance, which are critical for many applications, such as spectacle lenses or medical equipment.

Some of the common applications of polycarbonate plastic include:

  • CDs, DVDs, Blu-Ray and other discs
  • Roof lights
  • Covers for solar panels
  • Security glazing, e.g. transparent cabins for ski lifts
  • Roof modules in cars
  • Safety goggles and protective visors
  • Helmets
  • Sunglasses
  • Reusable water bottles
  • Roofs of sport stadiums
  • Safety hats
 
  • Medical equipment (blood oxygenators, respirators, dialysers, single-use operating instruments)
  • Housings for electronic equipment (cell phones, cameras, hairdryers, computers, TVs, coffee makers)
  • Electrical kettles
  • Plug connectors
  • Electrical equipment, such as plug connections or switches
  • Headlamps and bumpers in cars
  • Conservatory or green house glazing

 

For more information on applications, please download our fact sheet on applications.