Event date
26 March 2019
Bisphenol A - Thermal paper

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    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.

    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 (e.g. BPS, Pergafast, D8).

    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.


    8:30 Registration and coffee
    9:00 Welcome
    9:15 Presentations from the supply chain:
    • Alternatives producers
      • Papierfabrik August Koehler SE, Dr. Michael Horn;
      • Solenis
      • Introduction of Thermal Developer Products from Nippon Soda (Nippon Soda Japan/Nisso Chemical Europe, M. Tadashi Kawakami)
    • A converter
      • Schades
      • Iconex


    10:30 Coffee break
    11:00 Presentations from the supply chain (next):
    • A big retailer’s successful experience in phasing out BPA from thermal paper (Coop Denmark, Malene Teller Blume)
    • Views from a trade union



    Presentations from Authorities on screening programs of alternatives (BPS, Pergafast, D8, …)

    • Screening of bisphenols; Mapping and analysis of uses and toxicological profiles (KemI, Sweden)
    • The endocrine potential of environmentally relevant Bisphenol A substitutes (UBA, Germany)
    • “NO PHENOLS ADDED” thermal paper certification (INERIS, France, Marguerita El Boustani)


    12:30 Lunch break
    14:00 Discussion tables - Overcoming barriers to the adoption of safe and sustainable alternatives to BPA-based thermal paper
    15:30 Coffee break
    16:15 Outcome of the discussion tables
    16:45 Concluding remarks – next steps: where do we go from here?
    17:00 Closing of the workshop


    The report of the workshop and the presentations are available on the website of the FPS Health, Food chain safety and Environment


    Target audience

    The workshop is open to:

    • Providers of alternatives to BPA in thermal paper;
    • Thermal paper manufacturers/importers (whether or not using alternatives to BPA);
    • Users of thermal papers (e.g. retailers);
    • Research institutions in the field;
    • Regulatory bodies;
    • NGOs, trade unions, industry associations;
    • Other stakeholders interested in the topic.


    For the morning session (presentations and Q&A), the languages will be English, French and Dutch (simultaneous translation assured).

    The afternoon session will be in English only. Participants will be gathered in smaller groups to discuss specific issues.

    Travel, accomodation and lunch

    Participants will need to cover the cost of their own travel and accommodation. A lunch will be provided at the venue. Coffee and other drinks will be available during the breaks.


    Federal Public Service Economy, SMEs, Self-employed and Energy
    City Atrium C 
    Vooruitgangstraat 50 / Rue du Progrès, 50
    1210 Brussels
    Last update
    13 June 2019