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Polycarbonate / BPA Safety

Polycarbonate (PC) is a high performance material offered by Trinseo under several brand names: CALIBRE™ Polycarbonate Resins, CELEX™ Polycarbonate Resins, EMERGE™ Advanced Resins, and PULSE™ Engineering Resins.  PC, which may be blended with other plastic resins, is used to make products that consumers use every day from consumer electronics to household appliances to medical equipment to automotive components to sports safety equipment.

Polycarbonate has several unique and valued properties needed for various applications including durability, toughness, and clarity. Customers have been interested in BPA for some time due to a classification as a very weak estrogen mimic. The material has been studied for over 50 years and evidence-based research validates the safety of this raw material.

Overview of BPA Studies

In recent years, the safety of products containing BPA, such as items made with polycarbonate, has become an active regulatory, legislative and public discussion.

Since claims of possible effects from low-dose exposure to BPA were first reported in the early 1990s, many scientific studies have been conducted to determine the validity of the associated claims.

In fact, the safety of BPA has been so thoroughly examined -- using internationally approved testing standards capable of detecting effects even at very low doses - that BPA is today one of the most-studied chemicals in commerce. These extensive health and safety studies by academic researchers, industry scientists, and government agencies have concluded that, as it is currently used, BPA does not pose a risk to human health.

Because of this weight of evidence, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the European Food Safety Authority, and other regulatory agencies worldwide have reviewed the science and authorized the use of BPA-based polycarbonate plastics in food contact applications.

Trinseo's goal is to present the facts in order to clarify the issue for customers so they can be confident in the safety of BPA, polycarbonate and polycarbonate-based materials.  And Trinseo's Product Stewards are available to provide additional regulatory and toxicological expertise as needed to support our customers.

Expert Information

Trinseo participates in industry associations that continuously monitor academic and government research relating to BPA, as well as changes in regulations. Trinseo keeps up to date on developments as they relate to our business and our customers’ interests. Learn more by visiting the following external websites:

  • Facts about BPA: Visit this Web site to learn about BPA facts, statistics, and myths regarding this chemical and its many applications.
  • Bisphenol A Polycarbonate Plastic:Comprehensive resource for environmental, health and safety information about BPA.
  • Europe Bisphenol-A group:Providing science-based information about BPA and their two main applications: polycarbonate and epoxy resins, within a European framework.
  • 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 food storage containers and linings in metal cans.