On June 30, 2009, a new toy safety Directive 2009/48/EEC was published to renew the previous Directive 88/378/EEC which had been in effect for over 20 years since 1988. 

There is also another relevant community legislation for toys and children products, 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 the use of certain dangerous substances and preparations in one single document.

Effective June 1, 2009, the REACH Annex XVII repealed and replaced Directive 76/769/EEC and its amendments. As a result, all restrictions that were applicable to toys and children’s articles under Directive 76/769/EEC and its amendments were now covered by the REACH Annex XVII. Which meant that the requirements concerning benzene, cadmium, nickel, azo colorants, flame retardants, and phthalates, etc. have to now 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