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Dutch public health institute RIVM advices Dutch government to reduce exposure to Bisphenol A

Bilthoven, the Netherlands, 3 March 2016 - The Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) has issued a two part report on the chemical Bisphenol A (BPA). The second part of the report (titled Bisphenol A: Part 2. Recommendations for risk management) advises the Dutch government to reduce BPA exposure in the short term wherever possible.

New insights sufficiently warrant consideration of even more stringent standards and has recommended taking supplementary measures in the near future.

Bisphenol A (BPA) is a substance that can be found in many consumer products, such as cash register receipts, food packaging materials and toys. The chemical can also be found in medical devices and building materials such as paint and coatings. Excessive BPA exposure is harmful to fertility and can affect the hormone system.

The report notes that recent scientific advances show more stringent safety standards should be considered, and that more actions should undertaken to reduce exposure. In particular the science indicates damage to the immune system of babies pre and post natally, and young children at levels roughly equivalent to people’s current every day exposure.

Based on its research, the RIVM has advised the Dutch national government to reduce BPA exposure in the short term wherever possible. In particular, the research institute states special attention should be given to protecting small children, pregnant women and women who breastfeed, as these groups are especially vulnerable to the effects of BPA.

"This important new report confirms our long standing call for more EU and national action to greatly decrease our every day exposure to BPA. The European commission’s proposal on bpa in food contact materials is definitely not nearly enough to protect our health", says Lisette van Vliet, Senior Policy Advisor at the Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL).

The Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) carries out independent research and provides policy advice to Dutch government authorities.

(1) RIVM Report Bisphenol A: Part 2. Recommendations for risk management

(2) RIVM Report Bisphenol A: Part 1. Facts and Figures on human and environmental health issues and regulatory perspectives

Last updated on 12 January 2017

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