On March 13, 2014 the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES) submitted its comments on the scientific opinion on the health risk assessment of bisphenol A (BPA) to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). In its comments, ANSES supports the inclusion of new scientific publications on oral and subcutaneous exposures as well as non GLP (good laboratory practice) studies. However, ANSES points out that certain histological and biochemical signs observed in scientific studies may lead to health risks, but continue to not be considered by EFSA. These effects include certain effects on the nervous system and the mammary gland. The French agency further criticizes that EFSA uses uncertainties to declare effects unlikely rather than questioning the scientific quality of certain studies. Thus, the agency concludes that its previous assessment of March 2013 considering BPA a risk to public health remains valid, and recommends defining objective criteria for standardizing risk assessments among the European and national health and safety agencies.
ANSES (April 7, 2014). “Bisphenol A: ANSES publishes its comments in response to the EFSA draft Opinion for consultation.”