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EU Proposes to Restrict Aniline in Certain Toys

SafeGuardSToys and Juvenile ProductsSeptember 16, 2020

The EU is proposing to restrict aniline in specific toy materials under Appendix C to the Toy Safety Directive. The restrictions are proposed to become effective in Q3, 2022.

On September 8, 2020, the World Trade Organization (WTO) circulated a notification announcing a proposal from the European Union (EU) to restrict aniline in specific toy materials under Appendix C to Annex II of Directive 2009/48/EC, the Toy Safety Directive (TSD, consolidated version to November 2019 for reference). The draft Directive, attached to WTO document number 20-6063, would expand the number of substances in Appendix C to the TSD from 11 to 12.

Per the WTO document, the changes would be:

  • Adopted in Q1 of 2021
  • Entered into force in Q3 of 2022 (18 months after publication in the Official Journal)
  • Effective one day after the date of entry into force, potentially Q3 of 2022

Highlights of the draft directive are summarized in Table 1.

WTO Document Number 20-6063, September 8, 2020
Draft Directive amending appendix C to Annex II of Directive 2009/48/EC ‘Toys intended for use by children under 36 months or in other toys intended to be placed in the mouth’ 
Substance (CAS)Toy material
Proposed Effective Date

Textiles and leather
≤ 30 mg/kg after reductive cleavage
Q3 of 2022 
Finger paints
≤ 10 mg/kg as free aniline
≤ 30 mg/kg after reductive cleavage

Table 1

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