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The European Union (EU) has issued proposals to strengthen the migration limit for chromium (VI) in Category III, scraped-off toy materials, by reducing the acceptable limit from 0.2 mg/kg to 0.053 mg/kg (approximately a four-fold decrease). The proposal was circulated by the World Trade Organization (WTO) on September 6, 2017, in an attachment to document No. 17-4740.

Examples of Category III toy materials include:

  • Ceramics, glass, metals and metal alloys, textiles and wood
  • Elastomers, leatherettes, polymers and surface coating materials
  • Other materials such as bone, leather and natural sponges

The proposed changes make no alterations to the migration limits for:

  • Category I materials– dry brittle, powder-like or pliable: 0.02 mg/kg
  • Category II materials – liquid or sticky: 0.005 mg/kg

The draft Directive also informs stakeholders that the European Committee for Standardization (CEN, Comité Européen de Normalisation) is currently reviewing EN 71-3. It hopes to improve the detection of chromium (VI) to allow a reliable measurement for this substance at concentrations down to 0.0025 mg/kg. The revised version of this standard is expected to be available soon.

Once the draft Directive is adopted, possibly in the first quarter of 2018, it will be published in the Official Journal and will become effective eighteen months later. This means, the new regulation could be in force in the third quarter of 2019.

SGS Toys & Juvenile Product Services

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