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NATIONAL LEGISLATION

In the EU, a solid regulatory framework is in place to ensure the safe use of BPA in intended applications, e.g. food contact materials and toys. Some European countries (Austria, Denmark and Sweden) however established national restrictions on the use of BPA-based materials in food contact plastics applications with respect to babies and small children. These national restrictions go beyond harmonised EU legislation. Since January 2015, France enforced a national restriction on the use of BPA in all food contact materials. The measure, covering multiple applications from polycarbonate water coolers to epoxy-lined drinks cans, contravenes EU-wide rules for plastics in food contact materials, and is in conflict with the 2015 EFSA opinion.