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Bisphenol A (BPA)

Bisphenol A

Updated on 20/09/2016

Keywords : Bisphenol A (BPA), Endocrine disruptors, Hazardous chemical substance substitution, Food contaminants, Materials and objects in contact with food

Bisphenol A is a synthetic chemical. In France, ANSES has identified nearly sixty industries that potentially use this substance. The Agency’s work on 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 September 2012, within the framework of the CLP Regulation at the European level, the Agency also proposed a more stringent level of classification of bisphenol A as toxic for reproduction. In March 2013, it was adopted by the Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), Moreover, in April 2013 the Agency published the results of an assessment of the health risks of bisphenol A. This report is complemented by three additional reports: a situation analysis of potential alternatives to bisphenol A, an assessment of the hazards of other chemical compounds in the bisphenol group and a report on the uncertainties surrounding endocrine disruptors. 

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