Safe intake level for BPA, confirmed by EFSA

December 6, 2011

The PlasticsEurope Polycarbonate/Bisphenol A and Epoxy Resin industry groups welcome the European Food Safety Authority ́s (EFSA) re-confirmation of the existing safe intake level for Bisphenol A (BPA).

This is the conclusion recently published in EFSA ́s opinion: “Scientific experts on EFSA’s Panel on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes, Flavourings and Processing Aids (CEF) consider overall that the information in the (ANSES) report on health effects of BPA does not change the views expressed by the Panel in its 2010 opinion on the safety of BPA.”

No new evidence was found that would lead to revise the current Tolerable Daily Intake for BPA of 0.05 mg/kg body weight set by EFSA in its 2006 opinion and re-confirmed in its 2008 and 2010 opinions.

Jasmin Bird of the PlasticsEurope Polycarbonate/Bisphenol A industry group stated: “Industry welcomes to see the results of the new science-based EFSA opinion. We trust that the risk management authorities in the EU Commission and on national level will act according to the expert advice of their risk assessment experts. An approach grounded in sound science is the only one that can provide consumers with the reassurance that the products they buy are safe.”

Latest review of more and most recent data did not reveal any new uncertainties different from those already mentioned in the 2010 EFSA opinion

During the past weeks, EFSA experts analysed the latest available scientific data on BPA including those data that appeared since their last assessment, and did not identify any new uncertainties different from those already mentioned in their earlier report. “For the majority of possible health effects, the Panel considers that there is no new information in the recent literature that would change its views as expressed in its 2010 opinion.“ EFSA will continue to evaluate new study findings within their ongoing monitoring program of scientific developments on BPA.

EFSA stated: “ANSES work was limited to a hazard identification while EFSA has carried out a full risk assessment of BPA”

On request of the EU-Commission EFSA analysed the results of the French ANSES interim report, which was used as justification by the French government to announce a use restriction on all Bisphenol A based food contact packaging in France mid of October, which had been notified to the Commission for the non-plastics applications. EFSA analysed the ANSES literature report and concludes that their review is based on a different data base and different criteria than that of EFSA, which is focused on oral exposure as the key exposure route of humans to BPA. “The approach of the ANSES report is that of hazard identification, comprising also elements which could be relevant for the safety assessment of non- dietary exposure to BPA, whereas the EFSA opinion of 2010 addresses the assessment of risk from dietary exposure to BPA. This is the main reason for divergences between the ANSES and EFSA conclusions on BPA. The Panel overall considers that the information in the ANSES report does not change the views that the Panel expressed in 2010.”

Ulrich Daum of the Epoxy Resin Committee stated: “EFSA’s latest advice reaffirms again: There is no scientific reason to replace a well tested, authority-assessed and confirmed safe product. Consumers can continue to use BPA-based products with confidence.”