July 26, 2013
The European Commission (EC) has notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) of a draft Commission Directive to amend the Appendix C of Annex II to Safety of Toys Directive, 2009/48/EC.
The draft Directive would introduce a specific migration limit for Bisphenol A (BPA) in children's toys, defined as products designed or intended, whether or not exclusively, for use in play by children under 14 years of age, in order to maintain the existing level of protection of children's safety.
The draft Directive would amend Appendix C of Annex II of the Safety of Toys Directive, to establish content limit values of 0.1 mg/l (migration limit) of BPA (CAS No. 80-05-7) in toys, in accordance with the methods laid down in EN 71-10 and EN 71-11.
The draft Directive is open for comments for 60 days and will enter into force 18 months after adoption if enacted.
Why It Matters
BPA is a high volume chemical that is widely used in the production of a large variety of consumer products, and is used as a monomer in the manufacture of polycarbonate plastics. Polycarbonate plastics are used in the manufacture of toys and have been found in plastic materials in children's books.
Some researchers say ingesting the chemical can interfere with development of the reproductive and nervous systems in babies and young children.
Additional research has shown that BPA can migrate into food and beverages and reports from some animal studies have raised potential concerns that BPA exposure may cause multiple health problems, including reproductive disorders, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.
How UL Can Help
UL consumer products group's accredited laboratories can assist with chemical testing and certification requirements under the EU Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC.
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