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South Korea Proposes to Restrict BPA in Thermal Paper

SafeGuardSStationery and Office SuppliesMarch 16, 2021

South Korea is consulting over its proposal to restrict BPA in thermal paper. The proposed date of entry into force is May 2022 or later.

In January 2021, the Korean Agency for Technology and Standards (KATS) published Notice 2021-0027 announcing a proposal to establish the safety standards for household goods (thermal paper) that are subject to safety standards under Article 28 to the Electrical Appliances and Household Goods Safety Management Act. The latest Notification proposes to restrict bisphenol A (BPA) in thermal paper under new Annex 25, a standard that stipulates test methods and requirements for safety and labeling. 

Comments will be accepted until March 30, 2021.

According to World Trade Organization (WTO) document 21-1734 of March 1, 2021, the proposed date of adoption is May 2021, or later, and the proposed date of entry into force is May 2022, or later. 

Highlights of Notice 2021-0027 are summarized in Table 1.

Notice 2021-0027 of January 29, 2021 ‘Draft Administrative Notice on Establishment of Safety Standards for Household Goods Subject to Safety Standards (Thermal Paper) 
Korean Agency for Technology and Standards
SubstanceScopeRequirementProposed Date of Entry into Force
BPAThermal paper< 0.02% (200 mg/kg)May 2022 or later

Table 1

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