Bisphenol A is a synthetic chemical. In France, ANSES has identified nearly sixty industries that potentially use this substance. The Agency’s assessment of the uses and health effects of bisphenol A led it to recommend, in September 2011, that the population’s exposure be reduced, including by its substitution in food contact materials. In 2012, within the framework of the REACh Regulation at the European level, the Agency also proposed a more stringent level of classification of bisphenol A as toxic for reproduction. In April 2013, The Agency published the results of an assessment of the risks of this substance as well as reports on potential alternatives to bisphenol A, an assessment of the hazards of others chemical compounds in the bisphenol group and a report on the uncertainties surrounding endocrine disruptors.
Bisphenol A: EFSA recommends lowering the Total Daily Intake (TDI) while considering that current exposure levels are without risk for human health
In 2014, following its large-scale study, EFSA submitted for consultation an interim report on the health risks of bisphenol A (BPA). ANSES contributed to the consultation by emphasising the extensive work conducted by the European authority while pointing out certain divergences in the evaluation of how uncertainties were accounted for, as well as differences of interpretation in the analysis of available studies. Today, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published ...
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Its different expert appraisal work on the health risks associated with exposure to bisphenol A has led ANSES to conclude that there are sufficient scientific data to consider it a priority to reduce exposure of the most vulnerable populations: infants, young children, pregnant and breastfeeding women. Since January 2015, for example, bisphenol A has been prohibited in food containers placed on the market in France. It is therefore necessary to find alternatives to bisphenol A.
Bisphenol A (BPA) is a synthetic chemical that has been used for very many years mainly in the production of polycarbonates and as a feedstock for epoxy resins, but also in the manufacture of other polymers, etc. ANSES has identified nearly 60 industry sectors in France potentially using this substance. On the basis of its work to study the uses and assess the health effects of BPA, as early as September 2011 the Agency recommended reducing population exposure, in particular by substituting this substance in food contact materials. These recommendations were confirmed by the expert appraisal published by the Agency in 2013. Since 1 January 2015, the use of BPA has been prohibited in the manufacture of food containers (infant feeding bottles, other bottles, cans, etc.). In addition, since 2012, ANSES has examined several dossiers on BPA in the framework of the REACh and CLP Regulations for the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).
At the request of the Ministry of Health, since 2009 the Agency has been conducting broad-scale expert appraisals on some thirty substances identified as Category 2 reprotoxic substances and/or endocrine disruptors for reproduction and fertility.The substances listed for an expert appraisal, in light of their potential endocrine-disrupting nature, included the bisphenols B and M, and bisphenol A diglycidyl ether (BADGE), in addition to bisphenol A. Moreover, as part of its search for potential substitutes for bisphenol A, the Agency decided it was relevant to investigate other compounds, such as bisphenol S, bisphenol AF and bisphenol AP. A specific report was thus produced to assess the potential hazards of these various substances and the possibility of conducting a health risk assessment.
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