ISO has published 8124.3:2010/Amd.2:2018 for the migration of certain elements from toys. The amendment gives a completely new set of values for finger paints.

SAFEGUARDS | Toys & Juvenile Products NO. 154/18

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In September 2018, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) published amendment 2 to ISO 8124-3:2010 [1], the latest toy safety standard for the migration of certain elements. This latest amendment considers special exposure conditions for finger paints when compared to other toys and expanded the number of toy material categories in Table 1 of the standard from two to three. The migration values for two categories of toy materials, ‘toy material except modeling clay and finger paint’ and ‘modeling clay’, remain unchanged.

The latest changes contain a completely new set of migration values for finger paints, including:

  • Strengthened migration limits for six elements (antimony (Sb), arsenic (As), cadmium (Cd), lead (Pb), mercury (Hg) and selenium (Se)) 
  • Less stringent migration limit for barium (Ba)
  • No change in the migration limit for chromium

Highlights of ISO 8124-3:2010/Amd.2:2018 and a comparison with (former) values for finger paints under ISO 8124-3:2010 are summarized in Table 1. 

ISO 8124-3:2010/Amd.2:2018 ‘Migration of Certain Elements’
Toy Material Element (mg/kg)
Toy material other than modeling clay and finger paint
60  25  1000
60  90
Modeling clay
250  50  25  90  25
Finger paint
[Limit in ISO 8124-3:2010]


Table 1

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