Bisphenol A (BPA) Testing
What is Bisphenol A?
Bisphenol A, also widely known as BPA, is a chemical that is mainly used with a combination of other chemicals in the manufacture of plastics and resins. BPA is mainly found in food contact materials such as reusable water bottles, infant feeding (baby) bottles, tableware (plates and mugs) and as a protective coating in metal-based food and beverage cans to prevent corrosion. Recently, high levels of BPA are also found in textile and apparel products made with polyester and spandex fiber content, including sport bras, athletic shirts, and socks.
Risks of Bisphenol A
The dangers associated with BPA are in large part due to the fact that BPA can migrate in small amounts into food and beverages stored in materials containing the substance. BPA can also be absorbed through skin and end up in the bloodstream, so its presence in clothing items such as sports bras and athletic shirts is a notable concern.
In adults, research has shown a possible link between exposure to BPA and diabetes, heart disease, increased blood pressure, cancer, obesity and erectile dysfunction. Exposure to BPA may also cause possible health effects on the brain and prostate gland of fetuses, infants and children.
Why carry out Bisphenol A Testing?
Governments worldwide have already taken actions to restrict or limit the use of BPA in consumer products, with both the FDA and the EU banning the use of BPA in baby bottles, a migration limit requirement in the EU Toy Safety Directive, and a limit on the maximum allowable dose level for Bisphenol A under California Proposition 65.
BPA is also present on the substances of very high concern (SVHC) candidate list and has been restricted as a substance on its own and in mixtures intended for consumer use under EU REACH regulations since March 2018.
The Eurofins | MTS network of laboratories provide identification of Bisphenol A under our Analytical Testing services. We offer a full range of cost-effective analytical testing services supported by a board-certified team of toxicologists to monitor restricted substances identified by:
- REACH Annex XVII
- EU REACH SVHC
- FCM Plastic Regulation (EU) No. 10/2011
- EU Toy Safety Directive
- California Prop 65
- GB Testing
- AFIRM RSL
- US CPSIA
- Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)
- ZDHC MRSL
- And more!
Our clients can determine their preferred testing location and benefit from the ability to manage the project in real time while keeping costs to a minimum through customized testing protocols that are specific to your product categories.
Find out more about our Analytical Testing Services.
We offer BPA service for an extensive array of consumer goods, including but not limited to:
Textiles & Apparel (i.e., yarns, fabric, functional textiles, leather, etc.)
Food Contact Materials (i.e., baby bottles, plates, mugs, plastic containers, beverage cans, food packaging, etc.)
Toys & Juvenile Products (i.e., plush toys, accessories, baby pacifier, etc.)