From the 2nd January 2020, Bisphenol A (BPA) will be banned under new EU regulations. BPA is used in the manufacturing of thermal materials, however the European Commission have concerns relating to BPA and the possible health risks, So from January next year, thermal papers must contain no more than 0.02% (200mg/kg) in paper and label materials.
Are you and your customers ready to switch to BPA free products?
So what exactly is BPA?
BPA is a chemical used in the manufacturing of plastics and is also used in some thermal materials as a developer which forms part of the coating on the paper. The new legislation does allow manufacturers to replace BPA with either Bisphenol S (BPS) or alternatively phenol-free products.
What action do you need to take?
You will need to make sure that all stock containing BPA has been used or sold before the 2nd January 2020. Distributors such as Varlink Ltd are happy to work with their partners to help you switch to BPA Free alternatives. They can also help you if you are looking at any other options which would be better suited to your requirements.
When will changes take place?
Products containing BPA cannot be sold or shipped after January 1st, 2020.