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Ukraine has published a draft resolution that, if accepted, will bring its toy safety legislation into closer alignment with the European Union’s Directive 2009/48/EC, the so-called European Toy Safety Directive (TSD).

The draft resolution – Draft Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine On Amendments to the Technical Regulations for Toy Safety – was published by the Ukrainian Ministry for Development of Economy, Trade and Agriculture on September 15, 2020. Among several important changes, it aims to:

  • Strengthen the migration of aluminum 2.5-fold for all three categories of toy materials. The proposed migration limits are:
      • Category I – 2,250 mg/kg
      • Category II – 560 mg/kg
      • Category III – 28,130 mg/kg
  • Strengthen the migration of chromium (VI) by approximately 4-fold for category III toy materials – to 0.053 mg/kg
  • Add three levels of requirement for formaldehyde (migration, emission and content) in toys for children under 36 months or in other toys intended to be placed in the mouth:
      • Formaldehyde migration in polymeric materials – no more than 1.5 mg/l
      • Formaldehyde emission in resin-bonded wood – no more than 0.1 ml/m³
      • Formaldehyde content in each of textile, leather and paper materials – no more than 30 mg/kg
      • Formaldehyde content in water-based toys – no more than 10 mg/kg

The three categories of toy material are:

  • Category I – dry, brittle, powder-like or pliable (e.g. chalk, bouncing putties, crayons, plasticine)
  • Category II – liquid or sticky toys (e.g. bubble solutions, finger paints, slimes)
  • Category III – scraped-off (e.g. ceramics, textiles, wood, bone, leather, polymers, elastomers)

Ukraine originally approved its ‘ Technical Regulations on the Safety of Toys’ in 2018. If accepted, the draft proposal will come into effect six months after it is published in Ukraine’s Official Journal.

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