The new EN 71-3 chemical requirements of the EU Toy Safety Directive (2009/48/EC) come into effect on July 20, 2013. Do your toys comply with the new chemical requirements?

On June 5, the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN) recently published the new toy safety standard EN 71-3:2013 for soluble elements.

On June 29, 2013, the standard has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) and is now considered as harmonised standard under the Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC (TSD).


1.  Migration limits for 19 substances (instead of 8 elements under the old toy directive) including:

  • Requirements for chromium (III) and chromium (VI).
  • Requirements for tin and organic tin.

2.  Three distinct toy material categories:

  • Dry, brittle, powder-like or pliable.
  • Liquid or sticky.
  • Scraped-off.

Depending on the toy material category, different limits are applied.

Download the SGS SafeGuards N°111/13 to know more about EN 71-3:2013 ‘Safety of Toys Part 3: Migration of certain elements’.

Any toy placed on the EU market has to meet the new chemical requirements of the Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC applicable since July 20, 2013.


Armed with strong expertise, SGS experts have been involved in standardization work and methods developments for toy chemicals at European and national levels.

All throughout the chemical transitional phase (4 years), SGS aim has been to help companies be able to test their toys as earliest as possible - before the EN 71-3 publication by CEN - in order to enable them to anticipate costs and any corrective changes of the design.

SGS was proactive and developed for instance a dedicated program to develop a method for Cr (VI), which is one of the new 11 elements and has very low migration limit requirements.

SGS laboratories are equipped and prepared to conduct testing according to the new EN 71-3:2013. SGS has testing capabilities worldwide to assist you for the full chemical compliance of your EU toys.