January 2020 brought in a new EU Legislation which everyone should be made aware of regarding Bisphenol usage
Issued January 2019 – re-issued June 2019 – Re-issued 2020
Track & Trace Services Limited and Bisphenol A Legislation
We like to keep our customers in the loop regarding any changes which will affect you. January 2020 sees new EU regulations – Bisphenol A (BPA) which is used in the manufacturing of thermal materials will be banned. The European Commission have concerns relating to BPA and the possible health risks. From this date, thermal papers must contain no more than 0.02% (200mg/kg) in paper and label materials.
With such small amounts allowed, thermal paper would not image correctly, therefore the new legislation allows manufacturers to replace BPA with either Bisphenol S (BPS) or alternatively phenol free.
How this will affect you? – Thermal paper will still be available so there is no need to panic. The paper should not affect your printers as it will work in the same way. However, if you require samples for testing purposes, we will happily supply you with this.
You will need to ensure you have used your stock containing BPA before 2nd January 2020. We can discuss this with you to ensure your stock is a BPA free alternative along with other alternatives which may suit you better.
You may notice a change in some of our product codes, this will be for traceability purposes, Track & Trace will look to keep you informed of any changes before you place orders.
As always we look forward to working with you throughout 2020 and keeping any transitions as smooth as possible. If you have any questions regarding this, please do not hesitate to contact your account manager directly.
Heather Fletcher – Directors for Track & Trace Services.
For more information please see the European Chemicals Agency website –