7 April 2014
EU toys adoption of restriction of BPA and flame retardants expands exemption of nickel
The EU Commission Committee for Toy Safety recently voted in favour of adoption of the restriction of BPA and three flame retardants. The Committee was also in favour of exempting nickel as a Carcinogenic, Mutagenic or Reprotoxic (CMR) substance in toy components intended to conduct an electric current. After a check by the European Parliament and Council, there will be a transitional period before the measures are enforced. As the control process by the European Parliament and Council is ongoing the date of publication coming into force is not known.
On 18 February 2014, the EU Commission Committee for the Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC (TSD) voted in favour of adopting three measures to amend the TSD. The three measures are:
1. To restrict the migration of bisphenol A (BPA) (CAS 80-05-7) in toys. The migration limit of 0.1 mg/L is identical to EN 71-92.
2. To restrict the 3 flame retardants3
- tris(2-chloroethyl) phosphate (TCEP) (CAS No 115-96-8)
- tris(2-chloro-1-methylethyl) phosphate (TCPP) (CAS 13674-84-5)
- tris[2-chloro-1-(chloromethyl)ethyl] phosphate (TDCP) (CAS 13674-87-8)
3. To expand the exemption of nickel to toy components intended to conduct an electric current4.
The three measures will enter into force when they have been formally adopted by the European Council and Parliament and published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU). Highlights of the three adopted measures are summarised in the table below.
Proposed Effective Date
Appendix C of Annex II to TSD
EN 71 Parts
≤ 0.1 mg/L
18 months after publication in OJEU
≤ 5 mg/kg
≤ 5 mg/kg
≤ 5 mg/kg
Appendix A of Annex II to TSD
Permitted to be used
12 months upon publication in OJEU
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