On 30 June 2009, new toy safety directive 2009/48/EC was published to renew the previous directive 88/378/EEC which was effective for 20s years already.

There is other relevant community legislation to toys and children products also, such as REACH Annex XVII which is essentially a direct incorporation of all the restrictions under Directive 76/769/EEC and its amendments in relation to the marketing and use of certain dangerous substances and preparations in one single document.

With effect from 1 June 2009, the REACH Annex XVII repealed and replaced Directive 76/769/EEC and its amendments. Consequently, all restrictions that are applicable to toys and children’s articles under Directive 76/769/EEC and its amendments are now covered by the REACH Annex XVII. This means that the requirements concerning benzene, cadmium, nickel, azo colorants, flame retardants, and phthalates, etc. have to be fulfilled for all toys and children’s articles that are placed in the EU markets in accordance with the REACH Annex XVII.

A number of the restricted substances in relation to toys and children’s articles under REACH Annex XVII and their corresponding repealing directives are listed as follows.

  • EN71 & EN62115
  • EMC and R&TTE
  • RoHS & WEEE
  • REACH Annex XVII:
    • Azo dyes
    • Benzene
    • Cadmium
    • DMF (Dimethylformamide)
    • Flame Retardants
    • Nickel Release
    • NP, NPE (Nonylphenol Ethoxylates)
    • Organotin
    • PAHs (Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons)
    • Phthalates
  • REACH Annex II Appendix C
    • BPA Biphenol-A
    • Formamide