Finger Paints – Draft Revision to EN 71-7
The European finger paints safety standard EN 71-7 is being revised to provide particular requirements for finger paints in support of the new Toys Safety Directive 2009/48/EC. The public draft includes many changes to EN 71-7, of which the main ones are as follows. Please note, this draft may be subject to further changes prior to publication of the final text.
EU Commission Guidance Documents
The EU Commission has revised its range of Guidance Documents for the Toys Safety Directive (TSD) 2009/48/EC (Rev 1.6) and TSD Technical Documentation (Rev 1.2), and added guidance for disguise costumes too; the main points of which are below.
Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC - An explanatory guidance document (Rev 1.6)
The rationale has been added that affixing the CE marking to the packaging is to enable market surveillance authorities to verify that the presence of the CE marking without having to open the packaging. Also, it is recommended that toys sold online are displayed to make the CE marking visible.
Editorial change, duplicated text deleted.
This document can be downloaded from the Commission’s DG Enterprise and Industry Toys website at: http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/sectors/toys/files/tsd-guidance/tsd_rev_1-6_explanatory_guidance_document_en.pdf
Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC - Technical Documentation (Rev 1.2)
Where available, a harmonised hazard classification shall be used to characterise a substance as part of the chemical safety assessment process. Self-classifications should only be considered for those relevant aspects not covered by the harmonised classification. Care should be taken where different classifications are available for the same substance, which may have arisen from the presence of impurities or other reasons.
This document can be downloaded from the Commission’s DG Enterprise and Industry Toys website at: http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/sectors/toys/files/technical-documentation-guidance/20121206-technical-documentation-guidance-document-rev-1-2_en.pdf
Commission Guidance Document No 17 – Carnival costumes (disguise costumes, fancy dress)
Disguise costumes/dress-up intended for children between 1 and 14 years are typically used in play and are thereby treated as toys (being designed or intended, whether or not exclusively, for use in play).
Products age labelled only for children under 1 year of age (e.g. 0-1 year) are not considered to be toys as such very young children are too young to understand how they are dressed and draw play value from the product; as such they fall outside the definition of a toy. Similarly products age labelled or sized only for persons over 14 years of age and adults also fall outside the scope of the Directive.
This document can be downloaded from the Commission’s DG Enterprise and Industry Toys website at: http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/sectors/toys/files/guidance-documents/017-guidance-document-disguise-costumes_en.pdf
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