Government scientists and scientific bodies around the globe have extensively evaluated the weight of scientific evidence on bisphenol A (BPA) and have declared that BPA is safe as used, in materials that come into contact with food, such as reusable food-storage containers and linings in metal food cans.
Hundreds of laboratory studies have been conducted on BPA to better understand exposure and potential health effects. While the summaries of studies listed here are not intended to be exhaustive, these studies have been included because they are considered significant because of their scope, findings or that have garnered significant public interest.
The safety of BPA has been reviewed by regulatory agencies including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA has published health and safety assessments of BPA since 2008, and now clearly states that "BPA is safe at the very low levels that occur in some foods."
Health Canada, the Canadian federal department responsible for helping Canadians maintain and improve their health, has examined the safety of BPA in consumer products on several occasions, most recently in 2012. In each assessment, Health Canada has confirmed that consumer exposure to BPA is "very low" and that BPA is "not expected to pose a health risk to the general population."
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), the EU government risk assessment body for food safety, has conducted numerous scientific assessments on BPA in which they critically analyzed more than 800 recent scientific studies on the chemical. In each case, EFSA has reaffirmed that exposure to BPA is far below the safe intake level.
Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) conducted thorough risk assessments of BPA in 2005 and 2011. In both assessments, AIST concluded that "the risk of BPA with regard to human health was believed to be very small."
Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ), the regulatory body governing food safety in both Australia and New Zealand, has reviewed the safety of BPA and stated in 2010 that it is "of the opinion that there is no health risk for consumers, including infants."
There have been no significant studies conducted in this region yet.
Germany's Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) released a detailed review of two recent BPA studies and concluded, "The results of the two studies do not substantiate the concerns for a specific toxic potential of bisphenol A adverse to neurological and behavioural development." Additionally, the Advisory Committee of the German Society for Toxicology concluded, "BPA exposure represents no noteworthy risk to the health of the human population, including newborns and babies.”