The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is extending the timeline to complete its full risk assessment of bisphenol A (BPA) to the end of 2014. This will give EFSA’s scientists sufficient time to assess the high number of comments submitted during the public consultation on its safety evaluation of the chemical.
In January 2014, EFSA asked stakeholders and other interested parties to provide feedback on the second part of its draft opinion on the human health risks of BPA. The Authority received almost 250 responses during the two-month consultation and considers it essential that it has a full understanding of these comments before finalising its risk assessment of BPA.
As part of its ongoing commitment to openness and transparency, EFSA will also hold a follow-up meeting with stakeholders on 23 April to discuss comments received during the consultation on the human health risks of BPA. Stakeholders will also be able to discuss feedback from the public consultation held in summer 2013 on the first part of the draft opinion that assessed exposure to the chemical. This important dialogue will give EFSA’s scientific experts and staff the opportunity to engage with all contributing stakeholders and will ensure that the broadest range of scientific views and information are considered before adoption of the final opinion.