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SCHER Publishes Opinion on Chromium VI in Toys

February 17, 2015

The Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risks (SCHER) is of the opinion that the current migration limits for chromium VI from toys should be revised to take into account the new, lower values.

The current European Union (EU) migration limits were derived in 2008 on the basis of a “highly uncertain daily virtual safe dose” of 0.0053 μg/kg bw and in the absence of data for cancer potency after oral uptake (Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC). The SCHER proposes new migration limits of 0.0094 mg/kg toy material for scraped-off toy materials, 0.0008 mg/kg toy material for dry (powder like or pliable) toy materials and 0.0002 mg/kg toy material for liquid or sticky toy materials, taking into account the lower new virtual safe dose of 0.0002 μg/kg bw/d and the approach followed by the Toy Safety Directive