Restriction of bisphenol A in thermal papers

Edited on 01/23/2017
Thermal paper containing a concentration of bisphenol A more than 0.02% by mass won't be allowed on the European market from January 2020.
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On a proposal from France, the European Commission amended Annex XVII of Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of CHemicals (REACH) : thermal papers* comprising more than 0.02% by weight of bisphenol A will not be placed on the European market.

Dated 12/12/2016, the decision will come into force in January 2020.

To prevent an inappropriate substitution of BPA by BPS (which may have same effects than BPA on human health), ECHA should carry out, among others actions, a survey in 2017 on the use of BPS in thermal papers. The Commission will then evaluate the need to propose a restriction of BPS in thermal papers.

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