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In June 2018, the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) published EN 71–3:2013+A3:2018, the new toy safety standard for the “Migration of certain elements.”

The vital change in EN 71–3:2013+A3:2018 is essentially the amendment of the lead migration limits in accordance with Directive (EU) 2017⁄738. According to the Directive, the new limits will become effective on October 28, 2018:

  Category I (Dry, brittle, powder
like or pliable)
Category II (Liquid or sticky) Category III (Scraped-off)
Current Lead Limits 13,5 mg/kg 3,4 mg/kg 160 mg/kg
NEW Lead Limits 2,0 mg/kg 0,5 mg/kg 23 mg/kg


The standard EN 71–3:2013+A3:2018  is expected to be harmonized under Directive 2009/48/EC and can be used to verify the compliance of toy materials with the new limits that will come into force in October 2018.