EU Amends Migration of Certain Elements Standard for Toys

The European
Committee for Standardization (
CEN) has published a new safety standard
for the migration of 19 elements from toy products – EN 71-3:2019+A1:2021.

Issued in April 2021, the
new standard contains several important updates to its predecessor – EN
71-3:2019. These include:

  • Adapting the new
    legal migration limits for aluminum, issued in November 2019 and coming into
    effect in May 2021, for all three categories of toy materials:

        • Category I: 5,625/2,250 mg/kg
        • Category II: 1,406/560 mg/kg
        • Category III: 70,000/28,130 mg/kg
  • Indicating that the
    user of the standard may determine whether a toy would fall under the scope of
    EN 71 Parts 1 to 5 and 7 to 14 and to apply each applicable standard
  • Informing that the
    following technical documents have been published:

      • CEN/TR 15071 ‘Safety of toys – National translations of warnings and
        instructions for use in EN 71 series’
      • CEN/TR 15371 Parts 1 and 2 ‘Safety of toys – Interpretations’
      • CEN/TR 16918 ‘Safety of toys – Children’s mouthing behavior in contact
        with toys’
      • CEN ISO/TR 8124-8 ‘Safety of toys – Age determination guidelines’
  • Clarifying the
    meaning of V
    1 and V2 in the formula for calculating
    chromium (VI) migration (clause F.6.2)

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Stakeholders should be aware the toy material
categories are:

  • Category I: dry,
    brittle, powder-like or pliable (chalk, crayons, plasticine, etc.)
  • Category II: liquid
    or sticky (bubble solutions, finger paints, etc.)
  • Category III: scraped-off
    (ceramics, elastomers, polymers, metals, glass, etc.)

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It is presumed the new standard will be cited in the Official
Journal of the European Union (OJEU) for presumption of conformity with Directive
(EU) 2019/1922, the so-called Toy Safety Directive (TSD).

EN 71-3:2019+A1:2021 with
be harmonized with the TSD upon acceptance by the European Commission and publication
in the OJEU. It will be given the status of a national standard by October 2021
and conflicting national standards must be withdrawn by this date.

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