Skip to main content
Welcome to the cutting edge of safety science—Learn more about our rebrand.
  • Feature Story

ISO Publishes Standard for Toys Safety

June 25, 2015



The International Standards Organization (ISO) has published ISO 8124-5, 2015 Safety of Toys ̶ Part 5: Determination of total concentration of certain elements in toys.

The standard defines a method for the determination of the total concentration of certain elements in toy materials and can be used to decide whether there is a need to undertake migration testing in accordance with the method specified in ISO 8124-3, Migration of certain elements or other equivalent standards.

Why It Matters

Released on June 1, 2015, the standard identifies methods of sampling and digestion prior to analysis of the total concentration of the elements antimony, arsenic, barium, cadmium, chromium, lead, mercury, and selenium from toy materials, and from parts of toys that may be contained within the following types of toy materials.

  • Coatings of paints, varnishes, lacquers, printing inks, polymers, and similar coatings
  • Polymeric and similar materials, including laminates, whether textile-reinforced or not, but excluding other textiles
  • Paper, paperboard, and cardboard
  • Natural or synthetic textiles
  • Metallic materials whether coated or not
  • Other materials, whether mass-colored or not (e.g. wood, fiberboard, hardboard, bone, and leather)
  • Materials intended to leave a trace (e.g. the graphite materials in pencils and liquid ink in pens)
  • Pliable modelling materials, including modelling clays and gels
  • Paints to be used as such in the toy, including finger paints, varnishes, lacquers, and similar materials in solid or liquid form
  • Packaging materials that form part of the toy or have intended play value

How UL Can Help

For more details on how UL can help you bring regulatory compliant, safe, and quality products to market contact [email protected].   A UL representative will follow up with you soon.