EU Proposes Greater Restrictions on BPA Migration in Certain Toys

Top Quote The WTO has published EU proposals to strengthen the migration limit for BPA in toys for children under 36 months, and for toys intended to be placed in the mouth. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) August 09, 2016 - On July 18, 2016, the World Trade Organization (WTO) circulated a notification from the European Union (EU) signifying their intention to strengthen the restrictions on bisphenol A (BPA, CAS 80-05-7) in certain toys. This announcement signals the intention to increase the restrictions detailed in Directive 2014/81/EU, which came into effect in December 2015.

    The new draft Directive seeks to strengthen the migration limit for BPA, under Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC (TSD) and relates to toys for children under 36 months and to toys which are intended to be put into the mouth. The new regulation will increase the migration limit for BPA from 0.1 mg/L to 0.04 mg/L. It is proposed that the draft Directive will be adopted in Q4 2016, with an effective date 18 months later, in Q2 2018.

    The revision in BPA migration limits in certain toys, follows a meeting of the 'Chemicals' subgroup of the European Commission's Expert Group on Toys Safety on October 1, 2015. During this meeting, the latest scientific data and refined methodologies concerning BPA were reviewed and the new limit of 0.04 mg/L was recommended. This recommendation was upheld at the full Expert Group on Toys Safety meeting on January 14, 2016.

    The latest EU notification regarding BPA follows previous announcements, published in early 2016 by the WTO, which looked at restricting BPA in thermal receipt paper, under Annex XVII of REACH, and increasing the migration limit of BPA in food contact materials by a factor of twelve.

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