South Korea Plans Restriction on BPA in Thermal Paper

Top Quote South Korea has announced a possible restriction on BPA in thermal paper and is holding a consultation that ends on March 30, 2021. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) March 25, 2021 - South Korea has announced its intention to establish a restriction on bisphenol A (BPA) in thermal paper.

    Issued in Notice 2021-0027 of January 29, 2021, ‘Draft Administrative Notice on Establishment of Safety Standards for Household Goods Subject to Safety Standards (Thermal Paper)’ has the proposed requirement that BPA will be restricted to less than 0.02% (200 mg/kg) in thermal paper.

    The update impacts products that are subject to safety standards under Article 28 of the Electrical Appliances and Household Goods Safety Management Act. If accepted, the restriction will be made under Annex 25, a standard that stipulates test methods and requirements for safety and labeling.

    The announcement was made by the Korean Agency for Technology and Standards (KATS). They are currently holding a consultation, which will end on March 30. 2021. According to World Trade Organization (WTO) document 21-1734, the proposed date of adoption, if accepted, will be in May 2021. The proposed date of entry into force will then be in May 2022. These dates may be pushed back.

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