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Publication Date Thursday, October 17, 2019


Retail Toys

On October 16, 2019, the European Commission published the Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 20191728, on harmonized standards for toys drafted in support of Directive 2009/48/EC.

After this decision, EN 71–3:2019 is now the harmonised standard for the safety of toys – migration of certain elements.

EN 71–3:2019 replaces EN 71–3:2013+A3:2018 which will be withdrawn on April 15, 2020.

The new standard has been published and will include:

  • The new Chromium VI limit (category III: 0,053 mg/kg) that will apply starting November 18, 2019.
  • The latest technical and scientific processes will be implemented into the test methods described in standard EN 71–3, which includes an improved measurement technique for chromium VI and organic tin compounds, better controlled experimental conditions when carrying out tests, and an improved structure to ease the practical application of standard EN 71–3.

In the Decision, a complete list of harmonised standards drafted in support of Directive 2009/48/EC are published in one act:

  • EN 71–1:2014+A1:2018 Safety of toys — Part 1: Mechanical and physical properties
  • EN 71–2:2011+A1:2014 Safety of toys — Part 2: Flammability
  • EN 71–3:2019 Safety of toys— Part 3: Migration of certain elements
  • EN 71–4:2013 Safety of toys — Part 4: Experimental sets for chemistry and related activities
  • EN 71–5:2015 Safety of toys — Part 5: Chemical toys (sets) other than experimental sets
  • EN 71–7:2014+A2:2018 Safety of toys — Part 7: Finger paints — Requirements and test methods
    1. Note: For the allowed preservative Climbazole (entry 22 in Table B.1 of Annex B to this standard) the presumption of conformity applies up to a maximum allowed concentration of 0,2 % (not: 0,5 %). This is based on the ‘ADDENDUM to the Opinion on Climbazole (P64) ref. SCCS/1506/13’ of the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) that was adopted after the publication of the standard by CEN. https://​ec​.europa​.eu/​h​e​a​l​t​h​/​s​i​t​e​s​/​h​e​a​l​t​h​/​f​i​l​e​s​/​s​c​i​e​n​t​i​f​i​c​_​c​o​m​m​i​t​t​e​e​s​/​c​o​n​s​u​m​e​r​_​s​a​f​e​t​y​/​d​o​c​s​/​s​c​c​s​_​o​_​2​1​2​.​pdf
  • EN 71–8:2018 Safety of toys — Part 8: Activity toys for domestic use
  • EN 71–12:2013 Safety of toys — Part 12: N‑Nitrosamines and N‑nitrosatable substances
  • EN 71–13:2014 Safety of toys — Part 13: Olfactory board games, cosmetic kits and gustative games
  • EN 71–14:2018 Safety of toys — Part 14: Trampolines for domestic use (EN 71–14:2014+A1:2017 Safety of toys — Part 14: Trampolines for domestic use will be withdrawn on January, 22nd 2020)
  • EN 62115:2005 Electric toys — Safety IEC 62115:2003 (Modified) + A1:2004 EN 62115:2005/A11:2012/AC:2013 EN 62115:2005/A11:2012 EN 62115:2005/A12:2015 EN 62115:2005/A2:2011/AC:2011 EN 62115:2005/A2:2011 IEC 62115:2003/A2:2010 (Modified)

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