The Belgian public authorities (FPS Economy and FPS Health, food chain safety and environment), together with the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) organize on March 26 a European event dedicated to the substitution of Bisphenol A (BPA) in thermal papers.

Bisphenol A (BPA) is classified in the EU as a substance that has toxic effects on our ability to reproduce. Moreover, it has been identified as an endocrine disruptor for human health and environment. In December 2016, the European Commission decided to restrict the use of BPA in thermal paper in the EU. The ban will take effect in 2020. As a result of this restriction, manufacturers of thermal paper will need to replace BPA. However, several alternatives are under regulatory scrutiny for potential human health or environmental concern.

The workshop aims at gathering stakeholders across the thermal paper supply chain to:

  • Present and discuss available alternatives to BPA in thermal paper, their health and environmental toxicity profiles, their regulatory status, technical performance and the need for manufacturing adaptations in the end product;

  • Discuss emerging alternatives and associated testing needs;

  • Exchange on challenges as well as needs and opportunities for multi-sectoral collaboration to scale up the adoption of sustainable alternatives;

  • Identify concrete collaborative next steps to advance the development and adoption of sustainable alternatives.

The agenda of the day and the practical information are available on the website of the FPS Economy. Please register before 15 March 2019.​