EU Could Introduce Aniline Restrictions for Some Toy Materials

European Union (EU) releases proposal to
restrict aniline in specific toy materials.

According to the proposal circulated by
the World Trade Organization (WTO) on September 8, 2020, the EU proposes aniline
restrictions on textiles and leather materials, and in finger paints. These
will be restricted under Appendix C to Annex II of Directive 2009/48/EC, the
so-called European Toy Safety Directive (TSD). Appendix C to Annex II of TSD
relates to ‘Toys intended for use by children under 36 months or in other toys
intended to be placed in the mouth’.

The requirements in the proposal are:

  • Textiles
    and leather – no more than 30 mg/kg after reductive cleavage
  • Finger
    paints :

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        • No more than 10 mg/kg as free aniline
        • No more than 30 mg/kg after reductive cleavage

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The WTO circulated the proposal attached
to WTO document number 20-6063. If accepted, it will expand the number of
substances in Appendix C of the TSD from eleven to twelve.

The proposed timeline is:

  • Adoption:
    Q1 of 2021
  • Entry into
    force: Q3 of 2022 (18 months after publication in OJEU)
  • Effective:
    Q3 of 2022 (one day after entry into force)

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