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CEN has published EN 71-7:2014+A2:2018 for finger paints. Conflicting national standards are to be withdrawn by August 2018 at the very latest.

SAFEGUARDS | Toys & Juvenile Products NO. 058/18

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CEN has published EN 71-7:2014+A2:2018 for finger paints. Conflicting national standards are to be withdrawn by August 2018 at the very latest.

In January 2018, we informed [1] you that the European Committee for Standardization (Comité Européen de Normalisation, CEN) had published EN 71-7:2014+A1:2017, the new toy safety standard for ‘Finger Paints’. A delay with harmonization of this standard for presumption of conformity was expected due to a modification to ‘Specific Requirements’ under Annex A of the standard to ensure proper consideration of the Cosmetics legislation, Regulation (EC) 1223/2009 [2], when selecting colorants for use in finger paints.  

In February 2018, CEN published EN 71-7:2014+A2:2018 [3], the new toy safety standard for ‘Finger paints’. This new standard was approved by CEN in August 2017 and includes Amendment 2 that was approved by CEN in January 2018.

EN 71-7:2014+A2:2018 is now available on a commercial basis at national standards organizations, such as the Danish Standards Foundation (Dansk Standard [4]) and the Estonian Center for Standardization (Eesti Standardikeskus, EVS [5] ).

According to EN 71-7:2014+A2:2018, this standard will be given the status of a national standard by August 2018 and conflicting national standards are to be withdrawn by this date at the very latest.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 [6]), upon acceptance by the European Commission (EC) and by publication in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU).

One major change in A2:2018 when compared to A1:2017 is the addition of a completely new sentence under ‘Specific Requirements’ in Annex A of the standards. This major change is summarized in Table 1.

EN 71-7:2014+A2:2018 ‘Finger Paints – Requirements and Test Methods’
Section Highlight
Annex A ‘Specific Requirements’ Added the following sentence:
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.

Table 1. Major change in EN 71-7:2014+A2:2018

Next step:

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

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