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EC Proposes to Amend Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC Lead Limits

October 1, 2014

The European Commission (EC) is proposing to amend, 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.

The proposal is to amend the limit values for lead in toys, in order to ensure alignment to the latest scientific evidence and increase children's safety.

Why It Matters
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 proposal is to reduce lead limits in the Toys directive.


in dry brittle, powder like or pliable toy material

in liquid or sticky toy material

in scraped –off toy material

Lead limits currently




Lead limits proposed




The proposed date of adoption is the first quarter of 2015, while the proposed date of entry into force is the third quarter of 2016.

How UL Can Help
Across our global network of laboratories, UL’s third-party testing services can help ensure regulatory compliance to EU Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC.

To learn more about how UL can help you achieve the highest standards of toy and children’s product safety and quality, click Contact UL at the top of the screen and a UL representative will follow up with you soon.