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On 16 Dec 2016, the Federal Department of Home Affairs (EDI) of Switzerland published an amendment to Swiss Toy Safety Ordinance (SR 817.023.11). The amendment will become effective on 1 May 2017. Toys that do not comply with the amended Swiss Toy Safety Ordinance may remain on the Swiss market until 30 Apr 2018.
Below are highlights of the amendment:
Aligns the migration limit of toxic elements with EU Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC.
Adds polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) requirements which are referred from the Chemical Risk Reduction Ordinance (SR 814.81). The rubber or plastic components of toys shall not contain more than 0.5 mg/kg PAHs if the components come into direct as well as prolonged or short-term repetitive contact with the human skin or the oral cavity.
Adapts the Appendix C to Annex II under EU Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC which regulates specific limit values for chemicals used in toys which are intended for children under 36 months of age and other toys intended to be placed in the mouth:
≤ 20 μg/m3 (emission limit) or ≤ 200 mg/kg (content limit) for foam material
BIT (1,2-Benzisothiazol-3 (2H) –one)
≤ 5 mg/kg (content limit) for aqueous material
CMI and MI (3:1) (5-Chloro-2-methyl-4-isothiazolin-3-one and 2-methyl-2H-isothiazol-3-one (3: 1))
≤ 1 mg/kg (content limit) for aqueous material
CMI (5-Chloro-2-methylisothiazolin-3 (2H) –one)
≤ 0.75 mg/kg (content limit) for aqueous material
MI (2-methylisothiazolin-3 (2H) –one)
≤ 0.25 mg/kg (content limit) for aqueous material
Updates the version of SN EN 71 standards series harmonized under the Swiss Toy Safety Ordinance.