EU Public Consultation for Proposal to Strengthen Migration Limits for Aluminum in Toys
SAFEGUARDS | Toys & Juvenile Products NO. 107/17
The EU has recently launched a public consultation for a proposal to revise the migration limits for soluble aluminum under the Toy Safety Directive. The final date for comments is September 10, 2017.
In June 2009, the European Union (EU) published Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC (TSD) to regulate modern-day toy safety requirements. This piece of legislation includes, among other things, specific requirements for nineteen soluble substances (section 13 to Part III of Annex II). Since its publication, the migration limits have been strengthened for barium , cadmium  and lead . The strengthened limits for soluble lead will become effective on October 28, 2017.
On July 5, 2017, the Scientific Committee on Health, Environment and Emerging Risks (SCHEER) adopted their preliminary opinion  on the migration of aluminum in toys. This opinion, based on the most recent set of data relating to tolerable intake levels for aluminum, would strengthen the existing migration limits for aluminum by approximately 2.5-fold in each of the three toy material categories.
The European Commission and SCHEER have recently announced a public consultation  on this preliminary opinion. According to the announcement, written comments on this opinion must be submitted by September 10, 2017, for future considerations.
Highlights of the preliminary opinion on aluminum migration and its comparison with the TSD are summarized in Table 1.
|Migration Limit for Aluminum|
|TSD (In force)||5,625 mg/kg||1,406 mg/kg||70,000 mg/kg|
|Preliminary opinion from SCHEER||2,250 mg/kg||560 mg/kg||28,130 mg/kg|
|Toy Material Category||Toy material||Example|
|I||Dry, brittle, powder-like or pliable||
|II||Liquid or sticky||Bubble solutions, finger paints, liquid adhesives, poster paints and slimes|
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