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EC Reviews Toy Safety Directive for Update

June 16, 2015

The European Commission (EC) is reviewing the Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC to determine if revisions are needed on said rules. This directive is designed to provide safety criteria for all domestically produced and imported toys.

EC released a Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risks (SCHER) request for opinions on the estimates of the amount of toy materials ingested by children of all ages. The SCHER request focuses on the intent to revise the chemical migration limits for 19 elements on toys or components of toys.

The current migration limits for toys is according to the 2008 Report that assumed that a child can ingest the following:

  • 100 mg/day of dry, brittle, powder‐like or pliable toy material
  • 400 mg/day of liquid or sticky toy material
  • 8 mg/day of scraped‐off toy material

The Report also noted that the ingestion of 100 mg of dry, brittle, powder‐like or pliable toy material and 400 mg of liquid or sticky toy material, although reasonable, may not occur daily, but only once a week, adding that this was a rough estimate which needed further research.An "Erratum" was added to the Report in January 2015, because although the assumption was weekly ingestion, the actual numbers used in the calculation in the original report were for daily ingestion. Recalculation of the derived limits would increase the limits 7‐fold.For the copy of SCHER, click this link: Request for an opinion on estimates of the amount of toy materials ingested by children.

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