Commission calls on ECHA to monitor BPS in thermal paper

The European Commission has asked the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) to carry out a survey of bisphenol S (BPS) in thermal paper, which is a commonly used material for till receipts. The request arises out of the restriction process for bisphenol A (BPA) in thermal paper. In its Opinion, the agency’s Risk Assessment Committee (RAC) noted that – according to the submitter of the Annex XV dossier (France) – although BPS is the most likely substitute for BPA, the two substances may have similar toxicological profiles. BPS may, therefore, cause similar adverse health effects. In a note to ECHA’s executive director, Geert Dancet, the Commission says “the trend towards substitution of BPA with BPS should be carefully monitored.” And, it says, the agency should run a survey in 2017 to verify whether: BPS is used in thermal paper and, if so, at what volumes; and thermal paper manufacturers are substituting BPA with BPS. The Commission says the results of the survey should be delivered by the end of 2017, and be structured in the format of a risk management option analysis (RMOA). The conclusion should be made public in PACT in early January 2018. It will then evaluate whether there is a risk to human health that is not adequately controlled, and that needs to be addressed. Further Information is available at: Commission note

Chemical Watch, 15 June 2016 ; ;