The European Thermal Paper Association (ETPA) confirms the safety of direct thermal papers Bisphenol A is used for a range of applications and ranks as one of the best investigated substances in the world. No studies have ever achieved reproducible results indicating negative impact.
The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) stated clearly in 2008 that there is no risk to human health through handling products which contain Bisphenol A, and has recently reaffirmed.
The European Food and Safety Association (EFSA), after intensive study of the scientific evidence, has also reached the same conclusion, which is reflected in the high and thus non-critical threshold value (TDI) EFSA has established for Bisphenol A.
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."