On 19 September 2019, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Panel on Food Contact Materials, Enzymes and Processing Aids (CEP Panel) endorsed the technical report entitled Testing the study appraisal methodology from the 2017 BPA hazard assessment protocol. This report focuses on the performance of the study appraisal methodology, as published in the 2017 protocol, when tested on a selection of studies that had been previously appraised by EFSA in the context of its 2015 and 2016 assessments of BPA. This testing was carried out to ensure the functioning of the 2017 methodology for appraising the internal validity of epidemiological and animal studies prior to applying it in the next BPA re-evaluation. In addition, it was deemed important to compare the outcome of the study appraisals when using the new 2017 methodology and the methodology applied in EFSAs BPA safety assessments of 2015 and 2016, and to identify possible divergences. EFSA are holding a webinar: Testing the study appraisal methodology for the re-evaluation of BPA safety. The purpose of this webinar is to describe how the methodology was tested and discuss the outcome and the resulting refinement of the appraisal methodology. The full technical report will be publicly available on EFSAs website in advance of the webinar. Participants will be guided through the main parts of the report and the tested methodology, and will be able to submit questions via the Q&A box that will be answered by EFSA scientists.
EFSA will publish a recording of the webinar on its website.
EFSA, November 2019