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Statement on SCCS draft opinion

SCCS confirms the very low levels of BPA in clothing present no risk

The European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) has published its preliminary scientific opinion on Bisphenol A (BPA) in clothing articles. The SCCS considers that “there is no risk for adverse effects of the estimated exposure levels of BPA resulting from the use of clothes, independent of the age group of the consumer.”

Low exposure to BPA from clothing

SCCS found that overall concentration of BPA in clothing articles, similar for purchases all over the world, is very low. This is resulting in only very low exposure levels, even if the potential exposure is calculated based on the very conservative exposure scenario as chosen by SCCS. In view of this very low exposure levels of BPA from clothing, the SCCS has concluded that no particular population group is at risk: “there is no risk for adverse effects of the estimated exposure levels of BPA resulting from the use of clothes, independent of the age group of the consumer.”

Next steps The preliminary opinion is open for feedback until December 7th, 2020 and will be then shared with the European Commission’s Directorate General for Justice and Consumers which is the requestor of this opinion.