The Council of the European Union has published Council Directive (EU) 2017⁄738 amending, for the purpose of adapting to technical progress, Annex II to Directive 2009/48/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the safety of toys, as regards lead on April 27, 2017.
The directive sets the following limits for lead in toys:
- tighten the limit for dry, brittle, powder-like pliable toy material, from 13.5mg/kg to 2mg/kg;
- lower the limit for liquid or sticky toy material, from 3.4mg/kg to 0.5mg/kg; and
- reduce the value for scraped-off toy material, from 160mg/kg to 23mg/kg.
The proposed amendment to Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC, which will also affect EN 71–3 Safety of toys – Part 3: Migration of certain elements, lays down migration limits for toys or components of toys, for a range of elements.
The new requirements shall apply from October 28, 2018, date by which each Member State will have to transpose the Directive.
The directive comes into force on May 18, 2017.