ECHA survey finds BPA being replaced by BPS in thermal paper

31 May 2018

The amount of BPS used as developer in thermal paper on the EU market almost doubled between 2016 and 2017. The market share of BPS-based thermal papers is expected to continue to increase in the coming years, and in particular after 2 January 2020, when BPA can no longer be used in thermal paper in the EU.
The substitution of BPA by BPS is worrisome given that ECHA’s Risk Assessment Committee indicated that BPS “is suspected to have many of the same adverse health effects as BPA”. ECHA has been following the use of developers in thermal paper – and in particular the replacement of BPA with BPS and other developers – in the EU at the Commission’s request (ECHA News, 22 May 2018).
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