France has asked for an EU restriction on the use of bisphenol A (BPA) in thermal papers such as till receipts, under annex XVII of the EU REACH chemical regulation.
The restriction proposal is one of four recently submitted to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). French authorities prepared the BPA proposal after the country’s health agency Anses highlighted concerns about the substance’s effect on pregnant women.
France also put forward another proposal covering ammonium salts in cellulose insulation. This follows a temporary national ban after their use as a flame retardant was linked to respiratory problems.