EU - EN 71-3:2013 is Harmonised Under the Toys Safety Directive

Vol. 722 | July 19, 2013

 Further to Sparkle Vol. 715, a reference to EN 71-3:2013 has been published in the EU’s Official Journal.  Hence compliance with EN 71-3:2013 will offer a presumption of conformity to the migration of certain elements requirements of the Toys Safety Directive 2009/48/EC, which take effect from 20 July 2013.

Per the earlier Sparkle, EN 71-3:2013 already includes the new lower migration limits for barium than those originally published in the Directive.  This interim discrepancy has now been resolved through a further amendment to the Directive by Regulation (EU) No 681/2013, shortly before the 20 July deadline.  To recap, the EN 71-3:2013 migration limits are as follows

EN 71-3:2013 Migration Limits

Element

Migration Limits

Category I

Dry, brittle, powder-like or pliable materials

mg/kg

Category II

Liquid or sticky materials

mg/kg

Category III

Scraped-off materials

mg/kg

Aluminium

5,625

1,406

70,000

Antimony

45

11.3

560

Arsenic

3.8

0.9

47

Barium

1,500

375

18,750

Boron

1,200

300

15,000

Cadmium

1.3

0.3

17

Chromium (III)

37.5

9.4

460

Chromium (VI)

0.02

0.005

0.2

Cobalt

10.5

2.6

130

Copper

622.5

156

7,700

Lead

13.5

3.4

160

Manganese

1,200

300

15,000

Mercury

7.5

1.9

94

Nickel

75

18.8

930

Selenium

37.5

9.4

460

Strontium

4,500

1,125

56,000

Tin

15,000

3,750

180,000

Organic tin

0.9

0.2

12

Zinc

3,750

938

46,000

 

For details about Intertek’s solutions to these new challenges and the broader implications when EN 71-3 is commonly applied to non-toy products too, please download our free White Paper:  Understanding EN71-3 New Chemical Migration Limits in Toys and Childcare Items

For further information, please contact:
Richard Smith
Tel: +44 (0)116 263 9620
Fax: +44 (0)116 282 4586
Email: richard.smith@intertek.com or consumergoods.uk@intertek.com

 

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