Public consultation on the draft opinion on bisphenol A (BPA) – Assessment of human health risks

Deadline: 13 March 2014
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The EFSA’s Panel on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes, Flavourings and Processing Aids  (CEF) has launched an open consultation on its draft opinion on the potential health risks of bisphenol A (BPA) for consumers. This includes a re-evaluation of the tolerable daily intake (TDI) for BPA in the light of all the available evidence. This is also the Authority’s first evaluation of the health risks for all population groups – including fetuses, infants, young children and adults – resulting from exposure to BPA from both dietary and non-dietary sources. In line with EFSA’s policy on openness and transparency, EFSA is now seeking feedback from the scientific community and stakeholders on this draft assessment of human health risks to BPA developed by the CEF Panel. As part of a two-stage process, a public consultation was also carried out in July 2013 for the first part of the opinion focussing on its assessment of human exposure to the chemical.

All stakeholders and interested parties are invited to submit written comments from 17 January to 13 March 2014. The electronic template provided with the documents should be used exclusively for the submission of comments, with reference made to the line and page numbers. Please note that comments submitted by email or post cannot be taken into account.

In addition, a submission will not be considered if it is:

  • submitted after the deadline set out in the call;
  • presented in any form other than what is provided for in the instructions and template;
  • not related to the contents of the document;
  • contains complaints against institutions, personal accusations, irrelevant or offensive statements or material;
  • is related to policy or risk management aspects, which is outside the scope of EFSA’s activities.

EFSA will assess all comments from interested parties which are submitted in line with the criteria above. The comments will be further considered by the CEF Panel and taken into consideration, if found relevant.

All comments submitted will be published. Comments submitted by individuals in a personal capacity will be presented anonymously. Comments submitted formally on behalf of an organisation will appear with the name of the organisation.

Published: 17 January 2014