Switzerland has amended the chemical requirements under its Toys Ordinance. The revisions became effective on August 1, 2021

SAFEGUARDS | Toys & Juvenile ProductsNO. 105/21

 SG 10521 Wooden Toys

In Switzerland, toys are regulated under Ordinance of the Federal Department of Home Affairs (FDHA) on the Safety of Toys (Toys Ordinance, RS 817.023.11; German, French and Italian versions). That piece of legislation contains elements from, among other things, Directive 2009/48/EC on toy safety (Toy Safety Directive, TSD) and Annex XVII of Regulation (EC) 1907/2006 on Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) for the management of chemicals. 

On July 8, 2021 Switzerland published Official Collection 2021 425 (German, French and Italian versions) to amend its Toys Ordinance. This amendment contains, inter alia, several important changes. It:

  • Revises the two lists of allergenic fragrances 
  • Strengthens the aluminum migration limits for all three categories of toy materials (see Table 1 below)
  • Expands the number of regulated substances from 10 to 11 by adding formaldehyde to toys for children under 36 months or in other toys intended to be placed in the mouth (see Table 2 below)
  • Replaces ‘SN EN 71-3:2013 with corrigendum A3:2018’ with ‘SN EN 71-3:2019’ for the migration of certain elements 

According to RO 2021 425, the latest amendment became effective on August 1, 2021. Toys that do not comply with the latest amendment relating to Annex 2 may be manufactured and imported under the previous law until July 31, 2022. These may be sold to consumers until stocks are exhausted.

ORDINANCE OF THE FDHA ON TOY SAFETY
(TOYS ORDINANCE, RS 817.023.11)
AMENDMENT OF JUNE 30, 2021 (RO 2021 425, JULY 8, 2021) - POINT 11A TO CHAPTER 3 OF ANNEX 2 ‘MIGRATION LIMITS FOR TOYS OR TOY COMPONENTS’

Aluminum migration limits in Toy Materials

Effective
date

Category I
(Dry, brittle,
powder-like
or pliable)

Category II
(liquid or
sticky)

Category III
(Scraped-off)

Toys 
Ordinance

5,625 mg/kg

1,406 mg/kg

70,000 
mg/kg

In force

RO 2021 425 
amending Toys
Ordinance

2,250 mg/kg

560 mg/kg

28,130 
mg/kg

August 1,
2021


Table 1

Ordinance of the FDHA on Toy Safety
(Toys Ordinance, RS 817.023.11)
Amendment of June 30, 2021 (RO 2021 425, July 8, 2021) - Point 15 to Chapter 3 of Annex 2 ‘Toys for children under 36 months or in other toys intended to be placed in the mouth'

Substance

Toy Material

Requirement

Effective Date

Formaldehyde migration

Polymeric

≤ 1.5 mg/L

August 1, 
2021

Formaldehyde emission

Synthetic resin plywood/wood-based 
composite materials

≤ 0.1 mL/m3

Formaldehyde content

Textiles

≤ 30 mg/kg

Leather

≤ 30 mg/kg

Paper

≤ 30 mg/kg

Water-based

≤ 10 mg/kg

Table 2

Toy Material

Example

Category I:
Dry, brittle,
powder-like 
or pliable 

  • Chalk, compressed paint tablets, crayons,
    plaster of Paris, magic sand, modelling compounds
    and plasticine.

  • Oven hardened PVC modelling compounds and bouncing putties

Category II:
Liquid or 
sticky toy 

  • Bubble solutions, finger paints, 
    liquid adhesives, poster paints and slimes

Category III:
Scraped-off 

  • Ceramics, glass, metals and metal alloys, 
    textiles and wood

  • Elastomers, leatherettes, polymers and 
    surface coating materials

  • Other materials such as bones, leather and natural sponges

SGS offers a wide range of services to ensure that your products comply with the EU Toy Safety Directive. We offer training, safety/risk assessment, technical documentation check, labelling review, testing according to harmonized standards, SVHC screening, inspections and audits. We operate the world’s largest network of toy experts and testing facilities – around 20 toy laboratories worldwide, including 3 EU Notified Bodies (France, Germany and Netherlands). In the end, it’s only trusted because it’s tested. Contact us for more information or visit our website

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