EU Lowers Toy Migration Limits for Lead

Top Quote The EU has confirmed it will significantly lower the migration limits for lead in all three toy categories. The new regulations are expected to come into effect in Q3 2018. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) September 20, 2016 - The European Union (EU) has confirmed it intends to lower the permissible migration limits for lead in all three toy material categories by 6 to 7-fold. The new limits will be issued under the Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC (TSD) and are expected to come into effect in the third quarter of 2018.

    Under the amended regulation, the migration limits for lead will drop in all three categories of toy material. These are:
    Category I - Dry, brittle, powder-like or pliable, eg. chalk, compressed paint tablets, crayons, plaster of Paris, magic sand, modelling compounds, plasticine, oven hardened PVC modelling compounds and bouncing putties
    Category II - Liquid or sticky toy, eg. bubble solutions, finger paints, liquid adhesives, poster paints and slimes
    Category III - Scraped-off, eg. ceramics, glass, metals and metal alloys, textiles, wood, elastomers, leatherettes, polymers, surface coating materials, and other materials, such as bones, leather and natural sponges

    Under the new regulations, the permissible migration limits of lead will drop considerably for each category:
    Category I - from 13.5 to 2 mg/kg
    Category II - from 3.4 to 0.5 mg/kg
    Category III - from 160 to 23 mg/kg

    The EU originally signalled its intentions regarding lead migration limits in toys, in a draft regulation attached to World Trade Organization (WTO) document number 14-5405 (notification G/TBT/N/EU/243), issued on September 25, 2014. This was confirmed on August 18, 2016, when the WTO circulated WTO document number 16-4443 (notification G/TBT/N/EU/243 add.1).

    The new draft regulation is expected to be adopted in the first quarter of 2017, with an effective date 18 months after its publication in the Official Journal. Stakeholders working in the Toy and Juvenile sector should therefore check compliance with the new regulations by the third quarter, 2018.

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