Lead and Chromium VI Limits to be Revised Under EN71-3

Lead and Chromium VI Limits to be Revised Under EN71-3

If your business manufactures, imports or retails toys, then you need to be aware of the changes in the limit of extractable chromium VI.

In May 2018, the European Commission published Commission Directive (EU) 2018/725 amending the limit for extractable chromium VI in category III under the European Toy Safety Directive (BS EN 71-3).

The new limits, which will be applicable from 18th November 2019, are listed below:

 

 

Category I: Dry, brittle, powder-like or pliable toy material

Category II: Liquid or sticky toy material

Category III: Scraped-off toy material

Chrome VI

Current Requirement (mg/kg)

0.02

0.005

0.2

Chrome VI

Revised Requirement

(mg/kg)

0.02

0.005

0.053

 

*Reminder: Lead*

In a previous BLC update, we informed you that the extractable lead limit under EN71-3 had also been revised. The new limits, which will be applicable from 28th October 2018, are listed below:

 

Category I: Dry, brittle, powder-like or pliable toy material

Category II: Liquid or sticky toy material

Category III: Scraped-off toy material

Lead

Current Requirement (mg/kg)

13.5

3.4

160

Lead

Revised Requirement

(mg/kg)

2.0

0.5

23

 

The Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC is the European legislation regarding the safety of toys; by which “toys” are any product or material designed or intended whether or not exclusively for use in play by children under 14 years of age. It is important to note, however, that many brands/retailers of general consumer products (excluding toys) test in accordance with this standard under their due diligence protocols.

 

BLC are here to help

BLC are leaders in chemical testing for leather, textiles and synthetic materials and can provide compliance support for a variety of international legislation.

If your business requires help or guidance with chemical management why not give BLC a call on +44 (0) 1604 679 999, email [email protected] or by completing the contact form at the bottom of this web page.

18 June 2018

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