EFSA Extends Timeline for Final Adoption of its Opinion on BPA
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) announced another delay in adoption of its scientific opinion on bisphenol A (BPA) after it determined that more time was needed to evaluate key health effects identified in animal studies, and their potential relationship to human health. The opinion was originally scheduled to be published in May 2013, but was later delayed until November 2013. EFSA has now decided that it will instead hold a two-stage public consultation period, thereby extending the final adoption of its scientific opinion to 2014. The first stage public consultation period will be held from mid-July to mid-September 2013 and will allow stakeholders and interested parties to provide comments on the draft exposure assessment electronically. The second stage will be held in early 2014 when stakeholders and others will be allowed to comment on the human health aspects of the EFSA risk assessment.
EFSA last evaluated the safety of exposure to BPA in 2006. The upcoming assessment will represent a significant expansion of its previous analysis, encompassing both dietary and non-dietary sources (including paper, inhalation, and dust). EFSA will continue to provide regular updates on its progress on the scientific opinion of BPA via its website.