SAFEGUARDS | Toys & Juvenile Products NO. 151/17

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CEN has published EN 71-3:2013+A2:2017 for the migration of certain elements in toys. Conflicting national standards are to be withdrawn by February 2018 at the very latest.

In August 2017, the European Committee for Standardization (Comité Européen de Normalisation, CEN) published EN 71-3:2013+A2:2017, the new toy safety standard for ‘Migration of certain elements’. This new standard is now available on a commercial basis at national standards organizations, such as the Danish Standards Foundation (Dansk Standard [1] and the Estonian Center for Standardization (Eesti Standardikeskus, EVS [2]).

The important changes in EN 71-3:2013+A2:2017 are essentially procedures involving the preparation of samples and analyzing organic tin compounds in toy materials. These include the following:

  • A Multiple Reaction Monitoring (MRM) chromatogram detailing signals and retention times for different organic tin compounds to assist instrumental analysis

  • A set of MRM data for certain organic tin compounds, including deuterated forms of internal standards, to assist instrumental analysis

  • Special precautions in preventing conversion of inorganic tin substances to organic tin compounds to avoid false positive results, including the use of organic tin methods, such as ISO/TS 16179 [3] ‘Organotin compounds in footwear materials’ to confirm EN 71-3 results.

According to EN 71-3:2013+A2:2017, this standard will be given the status of a national standard by February 2018 and conflicting standards are to be withdrawn by this date at the very latest. This standard is expected to be harmonized under Directive 2009/48/EC [4], the so-called Toy Safety Directive (TSD). upon official acceptance by the European Commission (EC) and by publication in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU).


Stakeholders are advised to comply with the latest requirements for the Toy Safety Directive (TSD) for the EU market.

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