Sound Science Prevails in Review of Bisphenol A
August 8, 2007
ARLINGTON, VA (August 8, 2007) – The American Chemistry Council supports the findings of an expert panel on bisphenol A. After a lengthy and comprehensive scientific review, an expert panel reported today that bisphenol A presents only minimal concerns for human health. The review was conducted according to the rigorous scientific process of the National Toxicology Program’s Center for the Evaluation of Risks to Human Reproduction (CERHR).
“The safety of our products is our top priority,” stated Steven G. Hentges, Ph.D., of the American Chemistry Council’s Polycarbonate/BPA Global Group. “The conclusions reported today provide strong reassurance to consumers that they are not at risk from use of products made from bisphenol A. Most importantly, these conclusions are from a very credible, highly qualified group of independent scientists with no conflicts of interest, operating in an open and transparent review process” continued Dr. Hentges.
The expert panel found that human exposure to bisphenol A is extremely low and suggested additional research that might be helpful to provide further support for their conclusions.
“With the safety of common consumer products in mind, we strongly support scientific research on the safety of bisphenol A and have conducted extensive research ourselves for many years,” stated Dr. Hentges. “We will carefully review the panel’s suggestions and consider what we can do to answer open scientific questions.”
The findings of the CERHR evaluation are consistent with other recent comprehensive evaluations of the safety of bisphenol A in which government and scientific bodies worldwide examined the same scientific information. Most recently, the European Food Safety Authority released a report on the safety of bisphenol A by a panel of 21 independent scientific experts from throughout the European Union. All of these evaluations support the conclusion that bisphenol A is not a risk to human health at the extremely low levels to which consumers might be exposed.
Bisphenol A is used primarily to make polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins, both of which are used in a wide range of common consumer products. From baby bottles to bicycle helmets, and eyeglass lenses to components of life-saving medical devices, products made from polycarbonate plastic have been safely used for 50 years and continue to be safely used today. Epoxy resins, commonly used as protective coatings, protect the safety and integrity of canned foods and beverages when used to coat metal cans.