Relevant for: Toys & children's products
In September 2014, the European Commission (EC) notified the World Trade Organisation (WTO) of proposals to introduce specific limit values of new substances, and to lower the limits of lead under the Toy Safety Directive (TSD, 2009/48/EC).
The proposed date of adoption is in the first quarter of 2015. If adopted, the new requirements will be enforced 18 months after the publication in the Official Journal of European Union (OJEU).
Highlights of the draft directives are summarised in Tables 1 and 2 below.
Table 1: Proposed new inclusion of 6 substances in toys intended for use by children under 36 months or other toys intended to be put into mouth (Appendix C of Annex II to the TSD)
- 5 mg/l (migration limit) as a monomer
- 10 mg/kg (content limit) as a preservative
Analyses should be carried out in accordance with EN 71-10:2005 and EN 71-11:2005.
20 µg/m3 (emission limit) after a maximum of 28 days from commencement of the emission testing of foam toy materials
5 mg/kg (content limit)
Reaction mass of:
5-chloro-2- methyl-4-isothiazolin-3-one and
2-methyl-2H -isothiazol-3-one (3:1)(Kathone)
1 mg/kg (content limit)
0.75 mg/kg (content limit)
0.25 mg/kg (content limit)
Table 2: Proposed migration limits for lead in toy materials (Annex II to the TSD)
Dry, brittle, powder-like or pliable toy material
Liquid or sticky toy material
Scraped-off toy material