New European regulatory requirements of toy safety on migration of lead, preservative contents and phenol

Recently, European committee approved several directives as the amendments to Toy Safety Directive, 2009/48/EC.

Those new requirements would be enforcing by October/November 2018 respectively.

New Migration Limit of Lead

Council Directive (EU) 2017/738 of 27 March 2017 amending the migration limit of lead. In the table under point 13 of part III of Annex II to Directive 2009/48/EC, the entry for the migration limit of lead is replaced by the following (in ppm):

Category I (Dry, brittle, powder like or pliable): 2.0 mg/kg
Category II (Liquid or sticky): 0.5 mg/kg
Category III (Scraped-off): 23 mg/kg

The new limit would be enforcing by October 28, 2018.

For detail of Council Directive (EU) 2017/738 of 27 March 2017, please read the following link:
http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX:32017L0738


New Requirement of Phenol

Commission Directive (EU) 2017/774 of May 3, 2017 adopted the specific limit values for phenol used in toys.

By November 8, 2017, the new restrictions of phenol migration and preservative content apply to toys which are designed for children under 36 months and to other toys or parts of toys that intended to be placed in the mouth with the following three requirements under the Toy Safety Directive requests:

1. The content restriction of phenol as CMR substance: 10000 mg/kg;
2. Migration limit of polymer material: 5 mg/l;
3. The content restriction of preservative: 10 mg/kg.

For details of Commission Directive (EU) 2017/774, please visit and read the following:
http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX:32017L0774


New Requirement of Specific Preservative - CMI/MI

Commission Directive (EU) 2015/2117 of 23 November 2015 amending, for the purpose of adopting specific limit values for chloromethylisothiazolinone and methylisothiazolinone used in toys, Appendix C to Annex II to Directive 2009/48/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the safety of toys, as regards chloromethylisothiazolinone and methylisothiazolinone, both individually and in a ratio of 3:1

In Appendix C of Annex II to Directive 2009/48/EC, the following entries shall be added:
Substance

CAS No

Limit value

‘reaction mass of: 5-chloro-2- methyl-4-isothiazolin-3-one [EC no. 247-500-7] and 2-methyl-2H -isothiazol-3-one [EC no. 220-239-6] (3:1)

55965-84-9

1 mg/kg (content limit) in aqueous toy materials

5-Chloro-2-methyl-isothiazolin-3(2H)-one

26172-55-4

0,75 mg/kg (content limit) in aqueous toy materials

2-methylisothiazolin-3(2H)-one

2682-20-4

0,25 mg/kg (content limit) in aqueous toy materials’


This amendment would be enforcing by November 24, 2017. It applies to toys which are designed for children under 36 months and to other toys or parts of toys that intended to be placed in the mouth

For details of Commission Directive (EU) 2015/2117, please visit and read the following:
http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX:32015L2117 

If you want to have the more information of updated legislation and amendments in regard of European Toy Safety Directive, please visit the following:
https://ec.europa.eu/growth/sectors/toys/safety/legislation_de

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