EU Strengthens Chromium (VI) Migration in Certain Toy Materials
The EU has strengthened the migration limit for chromium (VI) in scraped-off toy materials, approximately 4-fold. The new restrictions will become effective on November 18, 2019.
SAFEGUARDS | Toys & Juvenile Products NO. 069/18
In September 2017, we informed you  that the European Union (EU) was proposing to strengthen the migration limit for chromium (VI) in scraped-off toy materials falling under Directive 2009/48/EC, the so-called European Toy Safety Directive (TSD ).
On May 17, 2018, the EU published Directive (EU) 2018/725  in the Official Journal of the EU (OJEU) to strengthen the migration limit for chromium (VI) in scraped-off toy materials approximately 4-fold. This new piece of legislation amends Annex II to the TSD as an adaptation to technical progress (ATP). It is interesting to note that this new Directive has retained the existing migration limits for chromium (VI) in dry, brittle, powder-like or pliable toy materials, and liquid or sticky toy materials.
According to the Directive, member states are obliged to transpose the Directive into their national laws by November 17, 2019.
The new restrictions will become effective on November 18, 2019.
Highlights of chromium (VI) migration limits falling under Directive (EU) 2018/725 and the TSD are summarized in Table 1.
|Migration Limit for Chromium (VI) in Toy Material (mg/kg)|
(Dry, brittle, powder-like or pliable)
(Liquid or sticky)
|Directive (EU) 2018/725||0.02||0.005||0.053||November 18, 2019|
|Strengthened by approximately||-----||-----||4-fold|
|I||Dry, brittle, powder-like or pliable||
|II||Liquid or sticky toys||
Stakeholders are advised to comply with the latest requirements for toys for the EU market.
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