July 1, 2021
On June 4, 2021, the European Commission published a new restriction on aniline for some toys in Appendix C of the Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC.
This new restriction is applied to toys intended for children under 36 months or in other toys intended to be placed in the mouth.
This applies to the following categories in particular:
- Textile toy materials
- Leather toy materials
- Finger paints
The current list of substances restricted under Appendix C of the Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC includes the substance, aniline, which will be limited according the new limits reported below:
-30 mg/kg after reductive cleavage in textile toy materials and leather toy materials
-10 mg/kg as free aniline in finger paints
-30 mg/kg after reductive cleavage in finger paints
(*)=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.
Dangers of aniline
Aniline is a dangerous substance classified as carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic to reproduction (CMR) and studies have demonstrated the presence of this substance in certain materials.
Taking into account these aspects, the list of substances restricted under Appendix C of Directive 2009/48/EC, which covers specific chemical requirements for CMR substances applicable to toys intended for use by children under 36 months or in other toys intended to be placed in the mouth, has expanded to include limits for aniline .
What are the next steps?
By Dec. 4, 2022, at the latest, EU member states shall adopt and publish the laws, regulations and administrative provisions necessary to comply with this restriction.
In addition, they shall forthwith communicate to the European Commission the text of those provisions and shall apply those provisions starting on Dec. 5, 2022.
Aniline compliance testing
UL's global network of laboratories can help you test your toys according to the new EU requirements. Our experts understand Appendix C of the Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC and are able to test for aniline and other safety hazards.
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