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Eurofins | Newsflash - March 2018 | Toys and Childcare

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Monday, March 12, 2018


New Toy Standard Versions (EN 71-7:2014+A2:2018 and EN 71-8:2018)

The European Committee for Standardization (CEN) has recently published new versions of the following toy standards:

  • EN 71-7:2014+A2:2018 - Safety of Toys- Part 7: Finger paints- Requirements and test methods. The latest date by which it has to be implemented at national level is 31st August 2018
  • EN 71-8:2018 - Safety of Toys- Part 8: Activity toys for domestic use. The latest date by which it has to be implemented at national level is 31st July 2018

It is expected that these standards would be harmonised under Directive 2009/48/EC for Safety of Toys after their publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.


CPSC Updates Exemption on Certain Plastics for Final Phthalates Rules

On Jan 26, 2018, CPSC published a Direct Final Rule in Federal Register revising Rule 16 CFR 1308. This direct final rule amends 16 CFR 1308 to cover the phthalates listed 16 CFR Part 1307.
As amended, the following plastics with specific additives (as described in 16 CFR 1308.1) are not required to be third-party tested for demonstrating phthalates prohibition compliance (16 CFR 1307):

  • Polypropylene (PP)
  • Polyethylene (PE)
  • Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS)
  • High-impact polystyrene (HIPS)
  • General purpose polystyrene (GPPS)
  • Medium-impact polystyrene (MIPS)
  • Super high-impact polystyrene (SHIPS)

This rule is effective on April 25, 2018 (same day as 16 CFR 1307) unless the Commission receives significant adverse comment by February 26, 2018.

Click here to read the Rule



New Approved ASTM Standard for Non-Full-Size Baby Cribs

“ASTM F406 - Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Non-Full-Size Baby Cribs/Play Yards” has been revised to F406-17 developed by Committee F15.18, ASTM BOS Volume 15.11.

This standard establishes testing methods and requirements for structural integrity and performance requirements for non-full-size cribs/play yards.  This consumer safety specification, also describes labelling requirements as well as requirements for instructional materials.