From 1st January 2020, regulations are changing for certain substances, two of which are BPA and PHENOL. But what are these?

The ban on BPA and PHENOL will affect a number of products, such as thermal paper rolls. These items are used by a variety of organisations every day, including credit card machines, calculating machines, taxis, tills and cash registers. Under Regulation (EU) 2016/2235 of the European Commission, it was decided on 12th December 2016 that these substances cannot be used in paper products moving forward.

BPA (which stands for bisphenol A) is a hormone-disrupting chemical that can trigger infertility, obesity and cancer. David Bolton, of the British Retail Consortium said “BRC Members are aware of the issues associated with Bisphenol A and have either moved to alternatives or are in the process of reviewing its use.” (Source: Daily Mail*)

Thankfully, Exacompta have produced a range of thermal rolls which exclude these substances meaning they comply with legislation. Further to this, they are FSC certified, meaning the paper pulp is sourced from responsible and sustainable forests. We recommend preparing for the change and to risk any possible fines by transitioning to these relevant products as soon as possible.

Should you have any questions about this or any of our products, please do get in touch.

*Source: Daily Mail article by Colin Fernandez (Science Correspondent), Wednesday 16th January 2019.