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Illinois becomes the latest state in the US to ban BPA in thermal paper. The prohibition will become effective on January 1, 2020.

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In the beginning of 2019, several jurisdictions in the US introduced bills to regulate BPA in consumer products, including bill HB 2076 in the state of Illinois (Safeguard 22/19).

On August 26, 2019, the governor of Illinois signed the HB 2076 bill (Public Act 101-0457) into law to regulate bisphenol A (BPA) in thermal paper. The new Public Act amends the state’s Environmental Protection Act and prohibits BPA in thermal paper for the making of business or banking records, including but not limited to records of receipt, credits, withdrawals, deposits, or credit or debit card transactions.

According to the definition in the new law, thermal paper means paper with BPA added to the coating.

The provision to prohibit BPA in thermal paper will become effective on January 1, 2020.

Highlights of the new law are summarized in Table 1.

Public Act 101-0457 (HB 2076 enrolled, 2019)
An Act Concerning Safety by Adding Section 22.59 to the Environmental Protection Act
Substance Scope Requirement Effective Date
BPA Thermal paper Prohibited January 1, 2020*
*Thermal paper containing recycled materials or manufactured before January 1, 2020, is exempt

Table 1

Illinois now joins Connecticut and New York’s Suffolk County in regulating BPA in thermal paper (Safeguard 6/13).

California has listed BPA under its Proposition 65 (Prop 65) list of chemicals since May 2015. Since May 2016, enforcement actions against businesses that fail to warn consumers about exposures to BPA have resulted in several settlements/judgments for thermal paper, including one settlement with a reformulation of less than 10 ppm BPA in these products (Safeguard 94/18).

In Europe, the European Union (EU) restricts BPA in thermal paper under entry 66 to Annex XVII of REACH (Safeguard 196/16) whereas Switzerland, neither a member of the EU nor European Economic Area (EEA), regulates both BPA and bisphenol S (BPS) in these products under its Chemical Risk Reduction Ordinance (ORRChem, Safeguard 91/19).

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Next Step

Stakeholders are advised to comply with the latest BPA requirements for the US state of Illinois.

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