New Lead Limits for Toys
In August 2016 European Commission published Draft Directive to adopt lead limits for toys under Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC. In order to ensure adequate protection of children, the migration limits from toys or components of toys, for a range of elements, including lead, in dry, liquid and scraped-off toy material will be decreased. Since children are also exposed to lead from sources other than toys, only a certain percentage of the toxicological reference value should be allocated to toys. The entry for lead will be replaced by the following:
|Element||In dry, brittle, powderlike|
or pliable toy material
|In liquid or sticky toy|
|Lead (Draft Directive)||2,0 mg/kg||0,5 mg/kg||23 mg/kg|
|Lead (Current Directive)||13,5 mg/kg||3,4 mg/kg||160 mg/kg|
The new draft regulation is expected to be adopted in Q1 2017 and the provisions would take effect 18 months after publication in the Official Journal (Q3 2018).