ISO Releases New ‘Migration of Certain Elements’ Toy Safety Standard

The International Organization for
Standardization (ISO) has published an updated version of ISO 8124 – Safety of
Toys – Part 3: Migration of certain elements. Published in March 2020, the
latest version includes revisions previously detailed in ISO
8124-3:2010/Amd.1:2014 and ISO 8124-3:2010/Amd.2:2018.

The new version of the standard separates the
definitions for paper and paperboard.

Paper is defined as, “sheet formed by
irregularly intervened cellulose fibers with a mass per unit area of 400 g/m2
or less”. It does not include, “paper with polymeric lamination, or other
treatments which may be resistant to wetting.” Products that no longer present
the same properties as paper will not be treated as paper.

Paperboard is defined as, “sheet formed by
irregularly intervened cellulose fibers with a mass per unit area over 400
g/m2, excluding pressed wooden fiberboards such as medium density fiberboard
(MDF), chipboard and materials with similar properties.” This category includes
card and cardboard.

ISO 8124-3:2020 also includes:

  • Two detailed methods for using n-heptane to remove grease, oil, wax, or similar materials on solid form materials intended to leave a trace (Methods A and B)
  • A completely new Annex C as informative content for preparative and analytical procedures involving the analysis of eight elements using Inductively Coupled Plasma-Optical Emission Spectroscopy (ICP-OES). The eight elements and their maximum levels per day are:
    1. Antimony — 0,2 µg
    2. Arsenic — 0,1 µg
    3. Barium — 25,0 µg
    4. Cadmium — 0,6 µg
    5. Chromium — 0,3 µg
    6. Lead — 0,7 µg
    7. Mercury — 0,5 µg
    8. Selenium — 5,0 µg

Stakeholders are advised to now check their
products conform to the latest version of this standard.

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