EU COMMISSION AMENDS 2009/48/EC TO REDUCE LEAD IN TOYS

On the 25th of September 2014 the European Commission (EC) has notified the World Trade Organization (WTO) a revision to the lead limit in Annex II under the Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC (TSD). The EU proposes to adopt the amendment in the first quarter of 2015, with it coming into force in the third quarter of 2016.

On 27 April 2017, the European Commission has published Directive (EU) 2017/738 , amending Annex II of the toy safety Directive 2009/48/EC to reduce the limits of lead in toys which will come into force on the 28th of October 2018.

The revised content is as follows:

MIGRATION LIMITS FOR LEAD
CategoryⅠ: Dry, brittle, powder like or pliable materials   (mg/kg) CategoryⅡ: Liquid or sticky materials   (mg/kg) CategoryⅢ:Scraped-off materials   (mg/kg)
2009/48/EC(TSD)13.53.4160
(EU)2017/7382.00.523

Lead (CAS No. 7439-92-1) as a toxic metal which can cause serious damage to human health and children’s intelligence. Even low-level exposure to lead can damage the brain and nervous system and even cause a decline in memory and cause learning difficulties. The probability of lead poisoning of children is more than 30 times that of adults. As children grow their organs are not yet mature and as such their detoxification function is not perfect meaning they are more sensitive to lead.