EU Includes BPA Restriction in Thermal Paper under REACH Annex XVII

On 12 December 2016, the Official Journal of the European Union published Regulation (EU) 2016/2235 to include BPA restriction in Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 (REACH Regulation). The new restriction sets forth a threshold limit of 0.02 % (by weight) for Bisphenol A (BPA) present in thermal paper after 2 January 2020.

In Annex XVII to REACH Regulation, the following new entry is added:

Substance

Restriction

66. Bisphenol A

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Shall not be placed on the market in thermal paper in a concentration equal to or greater than 0.02 % by weight after 2 January 2020.

Click here to download the amended REACH Annex XVII (updated on 12 December 2016).

Note: All products intended for sale in EU shall comply with REACH Annex XVII- “Restrictions on the Manufacture, Placing on the Market and Use of Certain Dangerous Substances”.

The Regulation shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union and it applies since 2 January 2020. Also, it allows a 36-month period for manufacturers and importers to fulfill the new requirements. Businesses should check the compliance situation of their products promptly.

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Reference

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/eli/reg/2016/2235/oj