In an article published on June 30, 2017, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) announced the launch of a public consultation on the draft approach for the next re-evaluation of the toxicity of bisphenol A (BPA, CAS 80-05-7). BPA has been evaluated by EFSA in 2015 (FPF reported), and scheduled for re-evaluation once the results of several then-ongoing extensive studies become available (FPF reported). The re-evaluation “will also include other relevant studies published since the December 2012 cut-off point for EFSA’s last review of BPA safety.”
The draft approach lays out a “scientific protocol” defining the scope, methodology, and information needs for the assessment planned to start in 2018. For example, it describes potential health effects of BPA and specific questions to address for each type of effect, defines methods for gathering evidence, selecting studies, and collecting data, and elaborates on approaches for “weighing and integrating evidence, establishing a full TDI [(tolerable daily intake)] for BPA and assessing uncertainties.”
Public comments are to be submitted until September 3, 2017. A follow-up meeting will be held by EFSA on September 14, 2017, where consultation contributors will have an opportunity to discuss and consolidate their feedback, and to bring in any additional comments (FPF reported).
EFSA (June 30, 2017). “Have your say now on EFSA’s next BPA re-evaluation.”
EFSA (June 30, 2017). “Public consultation on draft bisphenol A (BPA) hazard assessment protocol.”
EFSA (2017). “Workshop on bisphenol A (BPA) hazard assessment protocol.”
Chemical Watch (July 13, 2017). “EFSA consults on BPA hazard ‘re-assessment.’”
EFSA (June 30, 2017). “Draft bisphenol A (BPA) hazard assessment protocol.” (pdf)