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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Europe

 

Eurofins Toys and Childcare harmonised standards

Publication of harmonised standards for toys

On 10th August 2018, the European Commission published the list of titles and references of harmonized standards under Directive 2009/48/EC on the safety of toys in the Official Journal of the European Union.

The references of the standards published for the first time in the Official Journal are the following:

 

Reference Title of the standard Reference of superseded standard Date of cessation of presumption of conformity of superseded standard

EN 71-1:2014 +A1:2018

Safety of toys — Part 1: Mechanical and physical properties

EN 71-1:2014
 

28.2.2019

EN 71-3:2013 +A3:2018

Safety of toys — Part 3: Migration of certain elements

EN 71-3:2013+A1:2014
 

28.2.2019

(*REMARK)

EN 71-7:2014 +A2:2018
 

Safety of toys — Part 7: Finger paints — Requirements and test methods

EN 71-7:2014
 

28.2.2019

EN 71-8:2018
 

Safety of toys — Part 8: Activity toys for domestic use

EN 71-8:2011

28.2.2019

EN 71-14:2014 +A1:2017

Safety of toys — Part 14: Trampolines for domestic use

EN 71-14:2014
 

28.2.2019



* REMARK:

  • Although for EN 71-3, the date of cessation of presumption of conformity of superseded standard (EN 71-3:2013+A1:2014) is 28 February 2019, we remind you that the new limits for Lead (included in the new standard version) as per Directive (EU) 2017/738 will be applicable from 28 October 2018

 
Click here for getting the official publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

 

 

 

Europe

 

Standards Updates

 

Below a summary table with some recent standards updates and upcoming dates of withdrawal (non-exhaustive):
 
(*) Date of withdrawal (dow) latest date by which national standards conflicting with an EN (and HD for CENELEC) have to be withdrawn.
 

Reference Title Date of withdrawal *

EN 16232:2013+A1:2018

Child use and care articles - Infant swings

2019-08-31

EN 16779-1:2018

Textile child care articles - Safety requirements and test methods for children's cot duvets - Part 1: Duvet (excluding duvet covers)

2019-02-28

EN 16780:2018

Textile child care articles - Safety requirements and test methods for children's cot bumpers

2019-02-28

EN 16781:2018

Textile child care articles - Safety requirements and test methods for children's sleep bags for use in a cot

2019-02-28

 

 

 

US

 

Standards Updates

 

Below a summary table with some recent ASTM standards updates:
 

Reference Title

ASTM F1838 - 18

Standard Performance Requirements for Child's Plastic Chairs for Outdoor Use

 

 

 

US

 

Eurofins Toys and Childcare Drawstrings on children’s upper outerwear

Opened Work Item for ASTM F1816 – Drawstrings on children’s upper outerwear

The standard ASTM F1816-97(2009) Standard Safety Specification for Drawstrings on Children's Upper outerwear was inadvertently dropped because it did not pass its mandatory 5 years review on time (Withdrawn during 2018).

 

BASTM has activated the Work Item WK64790 to reinstate it as soon as possible without any technical changes because US and Canada regulations use very broadly this standard. Currently this item is going to ballot for approval.

Assuming that this work item passes, it will then be reinstated as F1816.

Meanwhile, CPSC (U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission) will continue to enforce the standard ASTM F1816-97 as usual.

 

 

 

US

 

Oregon Proposed to Amend list of high priority chemicals of concern for children's health

 

The Oregon Health Authority has recently proposed to amend Administrative Rules in Chapter 333, Division 16, related to the Toxic Free Kids Act, including modifying the reportable chemical list, notification requirements, enforcement and civil penalties and Fees.

Under the Toxic Free Kids Act, the manufacturers of children’s products are required to report high priority chemicals of concern for children’s health (HPCCCH) at or above specific levels in their products that are sold or offered for sale in Oregon.

The proposed amendments add five high priority chemicals to HPCCCH list:

  • Bisphenol S (80-09-1)
  • Triphenyl phosphate (115-86-6)
  • Tris(1-chloro-2-propyl) phosphate (13674-84-5)
  • Short-chain chlorinated paraffins (85535-84-8)
  • 2-ethylhexyl-2,3,4,5-tetrabromobenzoate (183658-27-7)


The proposed amendments also remove the following three high priority chemicals from HPCCCH list:

  • Phthalic anhydride (85-44-9)
  • Octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (556-67-2)
  • Molybdenum and molybdenum compounds (7439-98-7)


Final date for comments was  August 22, 2018 and the amendment to the HPCCCH list are to be effective for the next biennial reporting deadline – 1 January 2020 if adopted.

For more information click here.

 

 

 

Canada

 

Eurofins Toys and Childcare Teething Necklaces Worn by Children

Related Performance Criteria for Teething Necklaces Worn by Children Under Three Years of Age

On 13th August 2018, Health Canada issued a letter describing performance criteria to evaluate the safety of Teething Necklaces Worn by Children under Three Years of Age that the authorities will consider when conducting compliance verification activities.

 

As explained by Health Canada: “Meeting these performance criteria does not automatically mean a product is safe, but failing to meet these criteria is a strong indicator that a product may pose a danger to human health or safety”.

In the absence of specific regulations currently covering this type of articles, Health Canada has concluded that teething necklaces worn by children under three years of age that do not meet all of the four following performance criteria, or equivalent, may be considered a danger to human health or safety.
 

Hazard Related performance Criteria

Strangulation

 

  1. ASTM F2923-14 Standard Specification for Consumer Product Safety for Children’s Jewelry Section 13.1 - Breakaway Tension Test (apply a 22.2 N force instead of the 66.6 N (15 lb) force)

and

  1. ASTM F963-17 Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety Section 4.14.1.1 - Cords, Straps, and Elastics Containing a Breakaway Feature

 

Choking and
Aspiration

 

  1. Toys Regulations (SOR/2011-17) Section 7 - Small parts

 

Labelling
 

  1. The following warning or its equivalent must appear on the product or its packaging in English and French:

 
WARNING! Strangulation hazard. Adult supervision required at all times. Always remove for sleep.
 
MISE EN GARDE! Risque d’étranglement. La supervision d’un adulte est requise en tout temps. Toujours retirer pour dormir.


Click here to access the Health Canada Letter.