Chromium VI

In May 2018, the European Commission published a Commission Directive (EU) 2018/725 amending the limit for extractable chromium VI in category III under the European Toy Safety Directive (BS EN 71-3).

This means that if your business manufactures or supplies toys, then you need to be aware of the changes in the limit of extractable chromium VI.

The new limits, which will be applicable from 18th November 2019, are listed below:

  Category I: Dry, brittle, powder-like or pliable toy material Category II: Liquid or sticky toy material Category III: Scraped-off toy material
Chrome VI

Current Requirement (mg/kg)

0.02 0.005 0.2
Chrome VI

Revised Requirement

(mg/kg)

0.02 0.005 0.053

 

*Reminder: Extractable Lead Limit Revision*

In a previous BLC update, we informed you that the extractable lead limit under EN71-3 had also been revised. The new limits, which will be applicable from 28th October 2018, are listed below:

  Category I: Dry, brittle, powder-like or pliable toy material Category II: Liquid or sticky toy material Category III: Scraped-off toy material
Lead

Current Requirement (mg/kg)

13.5 3.4 160
Lead

Revised Requirement

(mg/kg)

2.0 0.5 23

The Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC is the European legislation regarding the safety of toys; by which “toys” are any product or material designed or intended whether or not exclusively for use in play by children under 14 years of age. It is important to note, however, that many brands/retailers of general consumer products (excluding toys) test in accordance with this standard under their due diligence protocols.

 

Toy Safety Directive (EN71) Testing

In order for your business to comply with the Toy Standards Directive, the primary requirement is that toys meet the essential safety requirements. BLC offers Toy Safety Directive (EN71) Testing for toys to meet essential safety requirements.

Failure to comply with the Toy Standards Directive can result in withdrawal of products from the market and import rejections through to fines and even imprisonment.

If your business requires help or guidance with chemical management why not give BLC a call on +44 (0) 1604 679 999, email info@blcleathertech.com or by completing the contact form at the bottom of this web page.

Chromium VI and Lead Limits will be Revised Under European Standard EN71-3