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French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety

Bisphenol A: ANSES publishes the results of its public consultation

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News of 28/06/2012

Following the publication of its reports on the health effects and uses of bisphenol A, ANSES launched a call for contributions in September 2011 whose main goal was to gather data on BPA substitution products. Today, the Agency publishes its report on the call for contributions.

In conjunction with its expert assessment of endocrine disruptors, ANSES published two reports on bisphenol A in September 2011, one on the health effects of the substance, and the other on its uses. Basing its response on these reports, the Agency considered that there was sufficient scientific information to identify prevention of exposure in the most susceptible populations, i.e. infants, young children and pregnant and breastfeeding women, as the chief objective. This objective requires reducing exposure to bisphenol A, principally by replacing it in food contact materials, which may be the main source of exposure in the most susceptible populations.

In September 2011, following the publication of this work, the Agency launched a call for contributions in order to gather scientific data on bisphenol A substitute products, their safety and their effectiveness.

In late 2011, at the request of its supervisory ministries, ANSES also launched an inventory of alternatives to bisphenol A, identifying the available data on their toxicity.

The results of the call for contributions

ANSES received about twenty responses from national agencies, associations, companies, professional federations, and French, European and international universities. Among these responses, half concern the report on the health effects of bisphenol A, and the other half substitutes for it. In the note published today, ANSES presents the contributions received, as well as a review of the current situation regarding alternatives and replacement products for bisphenol A. The Agency provides the details of its responses to the various contributions received, as well as of the methods it used for implementing its review of alternatives to bisphenol A. To date, 73 alternatives to bisphenol A have been identified and they are presented in the annexes to the document.

A detailed presentation of the substances and alternatives to BPA identified by the Agency will be set down in the collective expert report on assessment of the health risks of BPA, due for publication in late 2012.

Find out more

> read the note on the results of the call for contributions following publication of the reports on the health effects and uses of bisphenol A (BPA) (September 2011)