Polycarbonate-BPA Global Group
The Polycarbonate/BPA Global Group promotes the business interests and general welfare of the polycarbonate and bisphenol A (BPA) industry through relevant technical, communications, and public policy activities. The membership consists of most of the major manufacturers of polycarbonate plastic and BPA worldwide.
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FDA Funds and Conducts Significant New Research on BPA Safety
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulates the uses of BPA for food contact applications and polycarbonate is widely used in FDA-regulated medical devices. Since the agency seeks to provide the soundest basis for its regulatory decisions, FDA, in conjunction with the U.S. National Toxicology Program (NTP), designed a robust research program to answer key scientific questions about the safety of BPA.
BPA is used to make plastics and resins that are essential to many consumer and industrial products for modern living, including many applications important to public health and food safety. BPA is one of the most thoroughly tested chemicals used today and has a safety track record of 50 years.
About BPA: Polycarbonate Plastic
Used in many consumer and industrial products, polycarbonate plastic made with BPA is a shatter-resistant, lightweight, high-performance plastic with toughness, optical clarity, high heat resistance and excellent electrical resistance.
About BPA: Weight of Scientific Evidence Supports the Safety of BPA
Government and scientific bodies around the globe have extensively evaluated the weight of scientific evidence on BPA and have declared that BPA is safe as used, including in materials that come into contact with food, such as reusable foodstorage containers and linings in metal cans.
About BPA: Epoxy Resins
Epoxy resins, most of which are made from BPA, are essential to modern life, public health, efficient manufacturing and food safety. They are used in a wide array of consumer and industrial applications because of their toughness, strong adhesion, chemical resistance and other specialized properties. Used in products we rely on every day, epoxy resins are found in cars, boats, and planes, and as components in fiber optics and electrical circuit boards. Epoxy linings create a protective barrier in metal containers to prevent canned foods from becoming spoiled or contaminated with bacteria or rust. Wind turbines, surfboards, composite materials holding up your house, even the frets on a guitar—all benefit from the durability of epoxies.
Why Replace BPA?
While the controversy surrounding BPA may be interesting and important, the controversy by itself does not provide an answer to the key question addressed in this article—Why replace BPA?