Chemical Requirements Strengthened for Toys Destined for GB Markets

SGS, the world’s leading testing, inspection and certification company, is advising stakeholders that the United Kingdom has revised its chemical requirements for toys destined for markets in Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales).

The UK issued SI 2022 No. 659 on June 16, 2022. It will amend:

  • Toys (Safety) Regulations 2011
  • Cosmetics Regulations 1223/2009

Provisions include:

  • Expansion in the number of allergenic fragrances (55 to 58) by adding:
  1. Atranol
  2. Chloroatranol
  3. Methyl heptine carbonate (deleted from Schedule 2, Part 3, Point 11, Table 2)
  • Strengthening the migration of aluminum 2.5-fold for all three categories of toy materials (Schedule 2, Part 3, Point 13)
  • Restricting aniline and formaldehyde in certain toys/toy materials

Stakeholders should be aware the presence of the three new prohibited allergenic fragrances is allowed if they are technically unavoidable under good manufacturing practice (GMP) and each fragrance is no more than 100 mg/kg

SI 2022 No. 659 further aligns GB’s chemical requirements on toy safety with those in Directive 2009/48/EC, the so-called European Toy Safety Directive (TSD). It is interesting to note that the UK has not implemented the 61 new entries of allergenic fragrances from Directive (EU) 2020/2088 into UK law for toys in this amendment.

The important effective dates for toys are:

  • October 15, 2022 – provisions other than those specified below
  • December 15, 2022 – migration of aluminum and requirements for aniline and formaldehyde

Toys that are compliant and placed on the market before the effective dates in the latest revision may remain on the market until stocks are exhausted.

SGS has published a SafeGuardS which includes highlights of the new requirements for aluminum, aniline and formaldehyde. See SafeGuardS 080.22.

SGS Toy & Juvenile Product Services

SGS offers a wide range of services to ensure that products comply with relevant standards for childcare articles and children’s equipment. They provide consulting, training, product development, testing, audit and inspection services to ensure that products comply with strict regulations worldwide, demonstrating the safety and quality of juvenile products being brought to the market. After all, it’s only trusted because it’s tested. Learn more about SGS’s Toy & Juvenile Product Services.

SGS SafeGuardS keep you up to date with the latest news and developments in the consumer goods industry. Read the full UK Strengthens Chemical Safety in Toys for Great Britain SafeGuardS.

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For further information contact:

Dr. HingWo Tsang

Global Information and Innovation Manager

Tel: (+852) 2774 7420



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