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The European Committee for Standardization (Comité Européan de Normalisation, CEN) has published a new toy safety standard for ‘finger paints’. The new standard, EN 71-7:2014+A1:2017, contains several important updates, including:

  • The use of H- and P-phrase information from Regulation (EC) 1272/2008 (the ‘CLP’ Regulation) for certain dangerous substances and mixtures in finger paints (§ Labeling Phrases)
  • Finger paints that are supplied in powder form are to additionally bear the following warning statement: “Warning. Mix with water in accordance with the instructions before giving to a child. Avoid inhalation of the powder.” (§ Labeling Phrases)
  • Modifications to the ‘allowed’ list of preservatives that can be used in finger paints (Annex B, Table B.1). These include:
    • Deleting seven substances from EN 71-7:2014:
      • Paraformaldehyde (ref. no. 5), pyrithione zinc (7), phenylparaben (10), triclosan (19), polyaminopropyl biguanide (22), mixture of 5-chloro-2-methyl-isothiazol-3(2H)-one (CIT) and 2-methylisothiazol-3(H)-one (MIT) with magnesium chloride and magnesium nitrate (31) and MIT (32)
    • Adding two sets of new substances:
      • Six parabens (butyl-, propyl-, sodium propyl-, potassium propyl-, sodium butyl- and potassium butyl-) and a completely new set of criteria for maximum concentration (ref. no. 8)
      • p-Chloro-m-cresol[4-chloro-3-methylphenol] (ref. no. 38)

The new standard was published in September 2017 and is expected to be given the status of a national standard by March 2018. Standards that conflict with the new standard must be withdrawn by this date.

It is predicted that the new standard will be harmonized under Directive 2009/48/EC, the so-called Toy Safety Directive (TSD), when it is officially accepted by the European Commission and is published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU). The anticipated delay in harmonization relates to the need to consider Cosmetics Regulation ((EC) 1223/2009, concerning the selection of colorants. It is expected that the modification will be accepted through a four-week approval process, which will amend Annex A by adding the following sentence:

“Certain restrictions, e.g. those referring to Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009, may mean that the particular colorant is unsuitable for use in a finger paint.”

The new standard is now available from national standards organizations and stakeholders are advised to check their products conform with the latest EU toy safety standards.

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