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Migration lead limits for toys

New Lead Limits for Toys

lead limits for toysIn 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:

ElementIn dry, brittle, powderlike
or pliable toy material
In liquid or sticky toy
In scraped-off
toy material
Lead (Draft Directive)2,0 mg/kg0,5 mg/kg23 mg/kg
Lead (Current Directive)13,5 mg/kg3,4 mg/kg160 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).

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