New report: EFSA opinions on BPA not based on best practice

Published 5 Nov 2013

The European Food Safety Authority's recent opinions that Bisphenol A (BPA) in food contact materials does not pose a health risk, do not meet the best practice standards developed for medical research, says a new report.

The Policy from Science Project (PSP) analysed two of EFSA’s scientific opinions on BPA and found that methodology they used to evaluate the evidence of BPA’s toxicity is not consistent with scientific standards for literature review, as defined by Cochrane Reviews in medicine.

They conclude that EFSA should radically overhaul the processes it follows for reviewing toxicological evidence if it seeks confidence in its decisions.The PSP make some suggestions as to how this might be achieved.

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