CEN Publishes Amendment 1 to EN 71-7 ‘Finger Paints’
CEN has published EN 71-7:2014+A1:2017 for finger paints. Conflicting national standards are to be withdrawn by March 2018 at the very latest.
SAFEGUARDS | Toys & Juvenile Products NO. 002/18
In September 2017, the European Committee for Standardization (Comité Européen de Normalisation, CEN) published EN 71-7:2014+A1:2017, the new toy safety standard for ‘Finger paints’.
This new standard is now available on a commercial basis at national standards organizations, such as the Danish Standards Foundation (Dansk Standard ) and the Estonian Center for Standardization (Eesti Standardikeskus, EVS )
EN 71-7:2014+A1:2017 contains a number of important changes, including the following:
- The use of H- and P-phrase information from Regulation (EC) 1272/2008 (the ‘CLP’ Regulation) for certain dangerous substances and mixtures in finger paints (§ 126.96.36.199 Labeling Phrases)
- Finger paints that are supplied in powder form are to additionally bear the following warning statement: “Warning. Mix with water in accordance with the instructions before giving to a child. Avoid inhalation of the powder.” (§ 188.8.131.52 Labeling Phrases)
- Modification to the list of preservatives that are allowed to be used in finger paints (Annex B, Table B.1). This includes:
- Deleting seven substances from EN 71-7:2014:
- Paraformaldehyde (ref. no. 5), pyrithione zinc (7), phenylparaben (10), triclosan (19), polyaminopropyl biguanide (22), mixture of 5-chloro-2-methyl-isothiazol-3(2H)-one (CIT) and 2-methylisothiazol-3(H)-one (MIT) with magnesium chloride and magnesium nitrate (31) and MIT (32)
Adding two sets of new substances in EN 71-7:2014+A1:2017. These are:
Six parabens (butyl-, propyl-, sodium propyl-, potassium propyl-, sodium butyl- and potassium butyl-) and a completely new set of criteria for maximum concentration (ref. no. 8)
p-Chloro-m-cresol[4-chloro-3-methylphenol] (ref. no. 38)
According to EN 71-7:2014+A1:2017, this standard will be given the status of a national standard by March 2018 and conflicting standards are to be withdrawn by this date at the very latest.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 , 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).
A delay with harmonization of EN 71-7:2014+A1:2017 is expected after its publication due to an urgent modification required to ensure proper consideration of the Cosmetics Regulation ((EC) 1223/2009) when selecting colorants for use in finger paints. In an exceptional procedure, the modification was to be accepted through a four-week approval process. This modification will amend Annex A by adding the sentence in bold text:
When using the colorants of Table A.1 in finger paints it is important to apply the restrictions and specifications set out in column 6 of this table. Certain restrictions, e.g. those referring to Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009, may mean that the particular colorant is unsuitable for use in a finger paint.
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