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Appendix C – EU Directive 2009/48/EC: New Limits for Chemical Substances in Specific Toys

December 2, 2015

The European Commission (EC) has adopted specific limit values for chemicals used in toys, intended for use by children under 36 months or in other toys intended to be placed in the mouth, in accordance with Article 46(2) of Directive 2009/48/EC. The following limit values are effective beginning December 21, 2015:

Substance  CAS Number Limit value
TCEP 115-96-8 5 mg/kg (content limit)
TCPP 13674-84-5 5 mg/kg (content limit)
TDCP 13674-87-8 5 mg/kg (content limit)
Bisphenol A 80-05-7 0,1 mg/l (migration limit) in accordance with the methods laid down in EN 71-10:2005 and EN 71-11:2005

Why It Matters
Phosphate esters TCEP, TCPP and TDCP are flame-retardants also used as plasticizers in polymers. TCEP is classified under Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 as carcinogenic, category 2. TCPP and TDCP have been evaluated in toxicological studies by the Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risks (SCHER) as substances of potential concern for carcinogenicity. Bisphenol A (BPA) is used as a monomer in the manufacture of some polymeric materials largely used in toys, and is classified under Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 as toxic for reproduction, category 2.
How UL Can Help
UL testing solutions help verify the compliance of your products with the new limits. Our continued global investment in facilities and services includes the expansion of chemical management services and testing solutions to help toys manufacturers reduce and optimize chemical testing.
For more details on how UL can help you bring safer, quality products to market contact the [email protected]. A UL representative will follow up with you soon.