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EU Proposes Greater Restrictions on BPA Migration in Certain Toys

08-08-2016 01:39 PM CET | Business, Economy, Finances, Banking & Insurance

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EU Proposes Greater Restrictions on BPA Migration in Certain

On July 18, 2016, the World Trade Organization (WTO) circulated a notification from the European Union (EU) signifying their intention to strengthen the restrictions on bisphenol A (BPA, CAS 80-05-7) in certain toys. This announcement signals the intention to increase the restrictions detailed in Directive 2014/81/EU, which came into effect in December 2015.

The new draft Directive seeks to strengthen the migration limit for BPA, under Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC (TSD) and relates to toys for children under 36 months and to toys which are intended to be put into the mouth. The new regulation will increase the migration limit for BPA from 0.1 mg/L to 0.04 mg/L. It is proposed that the draft Directive will be adopted in Q4 2016, with an effective date 18 months later, in Q2 2018.

The revision in BPA migration limits in certain toys, follows a meeting of the ‘Chemicals’ subgroup of the European Commission’s Expert Group on Toys Safety on October 1, 2015. During this meeting, the latest scientific data and refined methodologies concerning BPA were reviewed and the new limit of 0.04 mg/L was recommended. This recommendation was upheld at the full Expert Group on Toys Safety meeting on January 14, 2016.

The latest EU notification regarding BPA follows previous announcements, published in early 2016 by the WTO, which looked at restricting BPA in thermal receipt paper, under Annex XVII of REACH, and increasing the migration limit of BPA in food contact materials by a factor of twelve.

SGS EU Toy Safety Directive Services
SGS offers a wide range of services to ensure that your products comply with the EU Toy Safety Directive. We offer training, safety/risk assessment, technical documentation check, labelling review, testing according to harmonised standards, SVHC screening, inspections and audits. SGS maintains a global presence of around 20 toy labs, including 3 EU Notified Bodies (France, Germany and Netherlands). Learn more about SGS’s EU Toy Safety Directive Services (www.sgs.com/en/consumer-goods-retail/toys-and-juvenile-products/toys/eu-toy-safety-directive)

SGS SafeGuardS keep you up to date with the latest news and developments in the consumer goods industry. Read the full EU Proposes to Strengthen BPA Migration in Certain Toys SafeGuardS. (www.sgs.com/en/news/2016/07/safeguards-13316-eu-proposes-to-strengthen-bpa-migration-in-certain-toys)

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Hingwo Tsang
Global Hardlines Information and Innovation Manager
Tel: (+852) 2774 7420
Email: cts.media@sgs.com
Website: www.sgs.com/toys

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SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 85,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,800 offices and laboratories around the world.

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