For more than 10 years, U.S. government scientists have been conducting an in-depth research program with the goal of answering key scientific questions and resolving remaining uncertainties about the safety of BPA.
This research so far has shown: that human exposure to BPA is low, that people quickly eliminate BPA from their bodies after exposure and that BPA is unlikely to cause health effects at the low levels to which we’re exposed.
If that’s not enough already, the U.S. National Toxicology Program (NTP) released the results of the capstone study of the full research program, known as the CLARITY Core study. It’s the largest study ever conducted on BPA, and the results indicate that BPA has little potential to cause health effects even when people are exposed to it throughout their lives.
In a statement released in conjunction with the report, Dr. Steven Ostroff, Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) noted: “… our initial review supports our determination that currently authorized uses of BPA continue to be safe for consumers.”
In the study, laboratory animals were exposed to a range of BPA doses from pregnancy, through early-life development and continuing through their entire lifetime. As stated in the conclusion of the study report, “BPA produced minimal effects that were distinguishable from background.”
The study was conducted by scientists with FDA’s National Center for Toxicological Research with funding from NTP as part of the CLARITY program (Consortium Linking Academic and Regulatory Insights on BPA Toxicity). The report was issued in draft form and will next undergo peer-review by a panel of experts organized by NTP. The report will then be finalized and the results are expected to be published in the scientific literature.