EN71-3: Lead and Chromium VI Limits to be Revised

Published 18th June 2018

If your business manufactures or supplies toys, then you need to be aware of the changes in the limit of extractable chromium VI in EN71-3.

In May 2018, the European Commission published a Commission Directive (EU) 2018/725 amending the limit for extractable chromium VI in category III under the European Toy Safety Directive (BS EN 71-3).

The new limits, which will be applicable from 18th November 2019, are listed below:

  Category I: Dry, brittle, powder-like or pliable toy material Category II: Liquid or sticky toy material Category III: Scraped-off toy material

Chrome VI

Current Requirement (mg/kg)

0.02 0.005 0.2
Chrome VI

Revised Requirement

(mg/kg)

0.02 0.005 0.053

 

EN71-3 Reminder: Lead Update

In a previous BLC update, we informed you that the extractable lead limit under EN71-3 had also been revised. The new limits, which will be applicable from 28th October 2018, are listed below:

  Category I: Dry, brittle, powder-like or pliable toy material Category II: Liquid or sticky toy material Category III: Scraped-off toy material

Lead

Current Requirement (mg/kg)

13.5 3.4 160
Lead

Revised Requirement

(mg/kg)

2.0 0.5 23

The Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC is the European legislation regarding the safety of toys; by which “toys” are any product or material designed or intended whether or not exclusively for use in play by children under 14 years of age. It is important to note, however, that many brands/retailers of general consumer products (excluding toys) test in accordance with this standard under their due diligence protocols.

 

MRSL Testing of Chemicals in Your Supply Chain

Lead and Chromium VI are also found in the ZDHC MRSL and BLC also carry out MRSL Testing of chemicals to establish the quantity of restricted substances. MRSL Testing forms part of Chem-MAP® and can be carried out on the c-MAP and m-MAP Programme. To find out more about MRSL testing on Chem-MAP® go to MRSL Testing Services.

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