ECHA | Bisphenol S has replaced bisphenol A in thermal paper


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ECHA’s fourth and final market survey on the use of BPA and other developers in thermal paper confirms that paper manufacturers have continued to replace BPA with BPS. In 2019, 187 kilotonnes of BPS-based thermal paper were placed on the EU market. By 2022, it is expected that 61% (or 307 kilotonnes) of all thermal paper in the EU will be BPS-based.

The EU-wide ban on bisphenol A (BPA) in thermal paper took effect in January 2020. According to the survey, BPA-based thermal paper still had a 29% market share in 2019 in the EU. From 2020 onwards, BPA is expected to be replaced mainly by BPS.

The wide use of BPS in thermal paper raises concern as BPS is suspected to affect human reproductive and hormonal systems.

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