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EU Tightens Restrictions on Lead in Toys

05-10-2017 04:12 PM CET | Business, Economy, Finances, Banking & Insurance

Press release from: SGS

/ PR Agency: Sugarloaf Marketing

The European Union (EU) has tightened restrictions on lead migration for all three of the toy material categories by a factor of approximately seven.

These toy material categories are:

1. Category I - Dry, brittle, powder-like or pliable, e.g.:
a. Chalk, compressed paint tablets, crayons, plaster of Paris, magic sand, modelling compounds and plasticine
b. Oven hardened PVC modelling compounds and bouncing putties
2. Category II - Liquid or sticky toy, e.g.:
a. Bubble solutions, finger paints, liquid adhesives, poster paints and slimes
3. Category III - Scraped-off, e.g.:
a. Ceramics, glass, metals and metal alloys, textiles and wood
b. Elastomers, leatherettes, polymers and surface coating materials
c. Other materials such as bones, leather and natural sponges

The new restrictions call for far more vigorous restrictions than previously required by Annex II of Directive 2009/48/EC, the so-called Toy Safety Directive (TSD). The new legislation calls for limits of:

1. Category I – 2.0 mg/kg (reduced from 13.5 mg/kg)
2. Category II – 0.5 mg/kg (reduced from 3.4 mg/kg)
3. Category III – 23 mg/kg (reduced from 160 mg/kg)

These changes were adopted by the Council of the EU in the first quarter of 2017 and were published, as Directive (EU) 2017/38, in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) on April 28, 2017. The new restrictions will become effective on October 28, 2018.

SGS Toys Services
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For further information contact:

Hing Wo Tsang
Global Hardlines Information and Innovation Manager
Tel:(+852) 2774 7420

About SGS
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 90,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 2,000 offices and laboratories around the world.

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