South Korea – Amendment to Common Safety Standard for Children’s Products Approved

Vol. 1133 | February 26, 2020

The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE) of South Korea has issued Notice No. 2019-201 to amend the Common Safety Standard for Children’s Products. The following amendments shall be phased in from 3 June 2020:

  1. The requirements for phthalate plasticizers (DEHP, DBP, BBP, DINP, DIDP, DnOP) shall apply to synthetic resin products regardless of whether it is designed for use in the mouth (including coatings on textiles or leathers). The total content of the six phthalates shall not exceed 0.1 % (effective 3 June 2020).
  2. The lead content limit shall be reduced from 300 mg/kg to 100 mg/kg (effective 3 December 2020). The total lead and cadmium content limits shall not apply to textiles.
  3. Newly added requirements for nitrosamines and nitrosatable substances for elastomeric children’s products that are designed for use in or put into the mouth (effective 3 December 2020). The details are as follows:

    Substances

    Limits

    Nitrosamines

    N-nitrosodimethylamine

    CAS No. 62-75-9

  4. Total ≤ 0.01 mg/kg 1
  5. Total ≤ 0.05 mg/kg 2
    •  

      N-nitrosodiethylamine

      CAS No. 55-18-5

      N-nitrosodi-n-propylamine

      CAS No. 621-64-7

      N-nitrosodi-n-buthylamine

      CAS No. 924-16-3

      N-nitrosopiperidine

      CAS No. 100-75-4

      N-nitrosopyrrolidine

      CAS No. 930-55-2

      N-nitrosomorpholine

      CAS No. 59-89-2

      Nitrosatable substances

      N-nitrosodimethylamine

      CAS No. 62-75-9

    • Total ≤ 0.1 mg/kg 1
    • Total ≤ 1.0 mg/kg 2
      •  

        N-nitrosodiethylamine

        CAS No. 55-18-5

        N-nitrosodi-n-propylamine

        CAS No. 621-64-7

        N-nitrosodi-n-buthylamine

        CAS No. 924-16-3

        N-nitrosopiperidine

        CAS No. 100-75-4

        N-nitrosopyrrolidine

        CAS No. 930-55-2

        N-nitrosomorpholine

        CAS No. 59-89-2

        1 This applies to elastomeric children’s products intended to be used in the mouth of children under 36 months old (e.g., soother teats, toothbrushes)

        2 This applies to:

        1. Elastomeric children’s products not intended to be used in the mouth of children under 36 months old [but not falling into the category in (1)]
        2. Elastomeric children’s products intended to be used in or put into the mouth of children over 36 months old, for example, balloons and mouthpieces

      Note:

      • “Children’s product” means a product intended for children of 13 years of age or below. It shall not include drugs, medical devices, cosmetics, food containers, food packaging, amusement facilities and equipment.
      • The standard requirements shall not apply to components that are not accessible by children during normal use.

      For additional information please contact:

      Laureen Leung
      laureen.leung@intertek.com 
      +852 3760 6361

       

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