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Get ready for 2020 with BPA-free thermal labels

23 July 2019

Is your labelling solution using BPA free Media? This includes Pallet labels, LPN labels, shipping labels, contents labels, food labelling and receipt printing media.

Thermal paper, commonly used in thermal printers has traditionally used Bisphenol. However, new European Union legislation requires all thermal paper sold in Europe to be free of BPA after 2 January 2020.

Bar Code Data anticipated this change with a full range of uncoated and top-coated BPA-free thermal label materials for most typical end-use requirements. We also offer bisphenol-free and total phenol-free label products for more specific end-user demands.

We have been working hard throughout 2019 to change over our stock lines to either BPS or phenol free. You will start to notice a change in some of our product SKU codes, this will be for traceability.

What is BPA

Bisphenol A is an organic synthetic compound widely used around the world in the manufacture of polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins, and as a colour developer in thermal papers. It is also used in consumer products as varied as sports equipment and CDs, but recent concerns about safety have led to restrictions on its use.

The latest is European Union regulation 2016/2235, which amends the REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) Annex XVII restricted substances list. In practice, this legislative change means that thermal paper with concentrations of BPA above 0.02% in weight will be banned in Europe after January 2nd 2020.

Start your BPA-free journey now with these easy steps:

  • Check if the thermal label papers you use are BPA-free, not sure then contact Bar code data we can help.
  • Don’t buy thermal label papers from suppliers that do not offer BPA-free alternatives, all our paper supplies is BPA free.
  • If you hold stock of labels then ensure that old stocks of thermal label papers containing BPA are used up by the end of 2019.

If you have any questions regarding this contact our Sales@bcdata.co.uk