EFRA: In response to a recent study released by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

In response to a recent study released by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences(NIEHS) suggesting that certain flame retardants can mimic estrogen, the European Flame Retardant Association (EFRA) issued the following statement:

The crystallographic methodology used in this study, while perhaps offering insight into how estrogen mimicking might occur, provides no evidence that TBBPA, which is known to be quickly metabolized, actually comes in contact with the relevant proteins in the human body. It is unclear why NIEHS chose to use this approach, when the US Environmental Protection Agency has spent many years identifying three tests for estrogenic activity as part of a Congressionally mandated
program for screening substances for potential hormonal activity.
Furthermore, TBBPA went through an 8-year EU Risk Assessment which concluded that TBBPA is safe for use in all its applications and has no significant endocrine potential [1]. This conclusion was also confirmed by the Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risks (SCHER). In addition, TBBPA was among the substances examined for its potential role in endocrine disruption as part of an EU project [2] …. Read more: click here
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