Netherlands institute publishes BPA risks overview

The Netherlands National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (Rijksinstituut voor Volksgezondheid en Milieu - RIVM) has created an overview of the possible risks of bisphenol A (BPA) for humans and the environment...

The Netherlands National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (Rijksinstituut voor Volksgezondheid en Milieu - RIVM) has created an overview of the possible risks of bisphenol A (BPA) for humans and the environment.

The institute is looking to publish a follow-up study on the risks of BPA in 2015, to follow on from this initial overview. Policy advice on limiting any possible risks of BPA will likely follow from the study.

The RIVM notes in a statement: 'BPA is a component of many different products and affects the endocrine system. Based on scientific studies, it is as yet unclear whether the current levels of exposure to BPA are harmful for humans and the environment. 'On a local level, organisms living in the sediment may be at risk as a result of elevated concentrations of BPA in the sediment.

'The knowledge about possible endocrine disruptive effects of BPA on health is developing rapidly.

'In the EU and various European countries (including the Netherlands), preventive measures have been taken to reduce the risk of harmful health effects. Late 2014- early 2015, various important ongoing European assessments of the health risks involved in BPA will be concluded.'

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