The British Environmental Agency states in the Risk Assessment it issued in February 2010 that there is no risk to human health through handling direct thermal papers which contain Bisphenol A. The report also confirms that there is no risk to the environment, e.g. through the recycling of direct thermal papers.
Migration tests conducted at the University of Zurich indicate that, if at all, only miniscule quantities of Bisphenol A can be absorbed through the skin and thus enter the bloodstream. These quantities are negligible when measured against the threshold value established by EFSA.
The German Minister of the Environment, Dr. Norbert Röttgen, stated in the Westdeutsche Fernsehen TV programme "Markt" on 7.6.2010 that, "Bisphenol A in sales receipts is harmless, as there is no significant absorption through the skin. It has been known for a long time that Bisphenol A is present in direct thermal papers. Bisphenol A has no actute toxicity."