SAFEGUARDS | Toys & Juvenile Products NO. 086/17

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The EU has strengthened the restrictions on the migration of BPA by 2.5-fold in certain toys. The new restrictions will become effective on November 26, 2018.

On May 25, 2017, the European Union (EU) published Directive (EU) 2017/898 [1] to restrict bisphenol A (BPA) in toys falling under Appendix C of Annex II to Directive 2009/48/EC, the so-called Toy Safety Directive (TSD). The technical requirements in this new Directive are identical to the proposal that we reported in Safeguards No. 133/16 [2] of July 2016.

The new restrictions will become effective on November 26, 2018.

Highlights of BPA migration in the new Directive and its comparison with Directive 2014/81/EU are summarized in Table 1.

Appendix C to Annex II of Directive 2009/48/EC (TSD)
Bisphenol A
NEW Directive (EU) 2017/898 amending the TSD Directive (EU) 2014/81/EU [3] amending the TSD
  • Toys for children under 36 months
  • Other toys intended to be placed in the mouth
Method EN 71 Parts 10 and 11
Requirement ≤ 0.04 mg/L ≤ 0.1 mg/L
Effective Date November 26, 2018 December 2015

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