EFSA (the European Food Safety Authority) will launch a public consultation from mid-July through to mid-September on an updated and extended assessment of exposure in Europe to bisphenol A (BPA) in food contact materials. The Authority’s last exposure assessment of BPA was in 2006 and this new assessment marks a major update, encompassing both dietary and non-dietary sources (including paper, inhalation and dust).
While EFSA’s experts have made significant progress in assessing the potential human health risks of BPA, the body says that more time is needed to evaluate key health effects identified in animal studies and their possible relevance for human health.
All stakeholders and interested parties will be able to provide their comments on the draft exposure assessment through an online public consultation from mid-July to mid-September 2013. In a second stage in early 2014, EFSA will publicly consult on the human health aspects of its risk assessment prior to finalising its scientific opinion. In the interests of openness and transparency, EFSA says it will continue to provide regular updates on the progress of its work.