EU Issues New Finger Paint Safety Standard

The European Union has published a new version
of its toy safety standard for finger paints.

The new standard is the third amendment to
EN 71-7:2014. It was published as EN 71-7:2014+A3:2020 in April 2020 by the
European Committee for Standardization (
Comité Européen
de Normalisation, CEN) and contains several important changes.


  • References
    to ‘Directive 2008/1228/EC’ in Tables A.1 and A.2 are replaced with Regulation 231/2012. The former piece of legislation has been repealed
  • Maximum concentration of climbazole (item 22) is strengthened – 0.5% to 0.2% (Commission Communication 2018/C 282/02)
  • Limit of quantitation (LOQ) for benzo[a]pyrene becomes less stringent – from 0.02 mg/kg to 0.05 mg/kg (Annex 6, F.6)
  • (Some) editorial changes on the word ‘benzo[a]pyrene’ to ‘benzo[a]pyrene’

The new standard is now
available from national standards agencies. It will be given the status of a
national standard by October 2020 and conflicting national standards should be
withdrawn by this date.

EN 71-7:2014+A3:2020 is
also expected to be harmonized under Directive 2009/48/EC, the so-called Toy
Safety Directive (TSD). This will happen when it is officially accepted by the
European Commission (EC) and is published in the Official Journal of the
European Union (OJEU).

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