November 3, 2015 Almost half of the children’s finger paints examined the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) does not meet the safety requirements. Some products did not meet the chemical requirements, while others lacked the important safety information. The NVWA has prohibited the sale of the non-compliant finger paints.
By: Playthings Staff – Gifts and Dec BRUSSELS, Belgium – The European Commission has recently made two updates to its toy safety standards. These changes will affect toy manufacturers and distributors that export product into Europe, according to a report by the Toy Industry Association (TIA). On December 2, the EC published a revised “Guidance Document on Technical Documentation,” to help manufacturers and importers of toys in the EU file comprehensive technical documentation demonstrating compliance of each toy with the requirements of the EU Toy Safety Directive (TSD). Revisions to the Guidance Document include a model letter which toy companies can use to remind suppliers about the need to provide a list of materials, chemicals, and components used in the toy, as well as a model sub-declaration for suppliers to obtain a guarantee that the supplied parts and components have been correctly assessed and comply with the appropriate toy safety requirements for their expected use. The EC also amended current restrictions of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) in the REACH Regulation EC 1907/2006 (PAHs are not intentionally added to consumer products but are impurities of various manufacturing processes). The amendments in the new regulation (EU 1272/2013) includes limits for the allowable PAHs in rubber and plastic articles with prolonged skin or mouth contact, with special limits for toys in direct and prolonged or short-term repetitive contact with the skin or oral cavity. Source: Gifts And Decorative Accessories
A new amendment A2 to the EU toy standard EN 71-1 (physical and mechanical requirements) was published by CEN in September. There is a transitional period allowing the old requirements still to be used until September 2014. The amendment A2 on acoustics is not harmonized yet. A standard or amendment is harmonized after publication in the EU Official Journal. Only harmonized standards can be used to show compliance to the EU Toy Directive 2009/48/EC. Amendment A2 is the first published amendment to EN 71-1:2011. Amendment A1 is still being processed. The amendment A1 will concern a revision of the warning section. The acoustic requirements include new toy categories that need to be tested. Other changes include different exposure times that now need to be taken into account. Also the test methods have been revised and detailed. The new categories of toy that need to be tested include toys where the sound level is dependent on the action of the child: PERCUSSION TOY – Toy clearly designed to emit sound when struck with a beater, such as a drumstick, or by the hand.(Examples of percussion toys include drums, xylophones and tambourines) VOICE TOY – Toy clearly designed to emit sound by electronically amplifying or distorting the voice and where the output sound level depends on the input sound level of the voice. (Examples of voice toys could include telephones, walkie-talkies) WIND TOY – Toy clearly designed to emit sound when actuated by the blowing action of the child or another person. (Examples of wind toys include toy trumpets and toy whistles) CAP-FIRING TOY – Toy clearly designed to emit sound caused by discharge of a percussion cap (Examples of cap-firing toys include cap guns) Three exposure categories have been introduced. This is to take into account that the length of time a sound is emitted can … Read More
Last Saturday, the European Commission published an updated list of the European harmonized standards that pertain to the Toys Directive (2009/48/EEC). The standards on this list may be used by manufacturers to prove that their toy(s) complies with the essential requirements of this directive. This updated list is important to all manufacturers of CE marked toys that have used European harmonized standards to prove CE compliance. If you have applied standards to prove compliance with the aforementioned directive, we recommend you to check the new list of standards to see if any of the standard you applied have been updated, or whether there are new standards available for your products. When standards have been updated by this list, you need to re-evaluate your products against the updated standard and update your Declaration of Conformity. There is one standard on the list that is new: – EN 71-4:2013 – Safety of toys – Part 4: Experimental sets for chemistry and related activities The updated list of standards can be found in our Library shortly.
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