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  • Solvent and Eco Solvent inkjet inks. Possible future concerns.

    Posted by Graham Scanlan on February 23, 2022 at 10:16 am

    Something new to keep an eye on if your using eco / solvent inks. If this legislation gets pushed through, you will need a license to use solvent inks and provide secure storage and DBL checks.

     

    The printing industry is mounting a concerted effort to overturn recent drugs legislation introduced at the end of last year. That made possession of Gamma-butyrolactone (GBL) or products containing GBL, illegal without licences, DRB checks and secure storage. As GBL is a widely used solvent and commonly used in solvent inkjet inks, other solvent inks and coatings and cleaning solvents, concern has been immediate. The printing industry is mounting a concerted effort to overturn recent drugs legislation introduced at the end of last year. That made possession of Gamma-butyrolactone (GBL) or products containing GBL, illegal without licences, DRB checks and secure storage. As GBL is a widely used solvent and commonly used in solvent inkjet inks, other solvent inks and coatings and cleaning solvents, concern has been immediate.

    Sean Taylor replied 2 weeks, 3 days ago 7 Members · 7 Replies
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  • Duncan Wilkie

    Member
    February 23, 2022 at 3:22 pm

    Fascinating. Thanks for the info. Graham.

  • David Hammond

    Member
    February 23, 2022 at 8:43 pm

    I wonder how they will police and enforce such legislation?

    £3000 a year for a licence, I don’t think so. Do they really think licencing printer ink will reduce these types of crimes? Criminals, well known for following the letter of the law.

  • Jamie Wood

    Member
    February 24, 2022 at 10:01 am

    There’s a good chance that this won’t affect the end user, only the companies who use it in the manufacturing process, as the chance of getting the chemical out of printer ink, is virtually nil, and not worth the effort.

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    • David Hammond

      Member
      February 24, 2022 at 10:08 am

      Lets hope so – You’d think the pigments in the inks would make it pretty useless as a inconspicuous ‘date rape’ drug.

  • Colin Crabb

    Member
    February 24, 2022 at 2:23 pm

    This will be at the manufacturing stage, as the chemicals become restricted, joining other current licensed substances. End users will see some additional COSHH requirements.

    It will basically push the price of all eco / solvent inks upwards.

  • Andy McGuinness

    Member
    March 15, 2022 at 3:22 pm

    Some good news here for all with Eco-Solvent ink… The GPMA (Graphics & Print Media Alliance) were on a Teams call with a government dept tasked with GBL classification. They miscalculated the extent to which the industry relies on this together with how hard it would be (and costly) to extract it from ink. There are now plans to exclude our industry from holding a GBL license.

    Apparently there will be announcements in the coming weeks but safe to say the panic on this is now over.

  • Sean Taylor

    Member
    May 4, 2022 at 11:04 am

    This proposed regulation has been scrapped – so we can carry on as normal 👍

    https://www.printweek.com/product-news/article/inkjet-drug-regs-changes-scrappedhttps://www.printweek.com/product-news/article/inkjet-drug-regs-changes-scrapped

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