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Ministry of Environment Sets Limits to Some Hazardous Substances in Toys

January 21, 2015

The Norwegian Ministry of Environment has announced its adaption of the Regulation amending the Regulation on the safety of toys. It specifically covers the new migration limits for barium, limit values for tris(2-carboxyethyl)phosphine (TCEP), tris (1-chloro-2-propyl) phosphate (TCPP), Tris (1,3-dichloro-2-propyl) phosphate (TDCP) and the incorporation of a migration limit for bisphenol A (BPA).

TCEP, TCPP and TDCP have been set with a threshold limit of 5 mg/kg while BPA with 0.1 mg/l. Changes in Annex II of the Safety Regulations for toys (Toy Regulations) involving barium are shown below:


mg / kg in dry, brittle, powder-like or pliable toy material

mg / kg in liquid or sticky toy material

mg / kg in scraped off toy material





Barium migration limits shall immediately take effect while limits on TCEP, TCPP, TDCP and BPA are to be effective starting on December 21, 2015.

These changes will bring the Norwegian Regulations in line with the European requirements for the chemicals stated in 2009/48/EC.