SAFEGUARDS | Toys & Juvenile Products NO. 102/18
In June 2018, the European Committee for Standardization (Comité Européen de Normalisation, CEN ) published EN 71-3:2013+A3:2018, the new toy safety standard for ‘Migration of certain elements’. The important change in EN 71-3:2013+A3:2018 is the adoption of strengthened limits for lead migration  from Directive (EU) 2017/738 , amending Directive 2009/48/EC. The new limits will become effective on October 28, 2018.
According to EN 71-3:2013+A3:2018, this standard will be given the status of a national standard by December 2018 and conflicting standards are to be withdrawn by this date at the very latest.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).
Highlights of the changes for lead migration between the A2 and A3 versions of EN 71-3:2013 are summarized in Table 1.
|Migration Limit for Lead (mg/kg)
|Table 2 in version of EN 71-3:2013
(Dry, brittle, powder like or pliable)
(Liquid or sticky)
|*Effective October 28, 2018 (Directive (EU) 2017/738)|
|Toy Material Category||Toy material||Example|
|I||Dry, brittle, powder-like or pliable||
|II||Liquid or sticky toy||
Stakeholders are advised to comply with the latest requirements for toys for the EU market.
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