This issue of ConsumerMail includes EU Amendments of Food Contact Plastic regulations and changes to the US Toy Standard ASTM F963 -16.
EU Amendments of Food Contact Plastic
The (EU) No. 2016/1416 was issued in August 24th and has been effective since 2016 September 14th. This regulation in accordance with the relevant food contact plastic materials is the revision and correction of (EU)10/2011. There is a new requirement of aluminium in specific migration of heavy elements in Annex II, also zinc limit has been strengthened in the same annex. The two parts from the formal entry will put into force on 14 September, 2018.
|Substances||Limit mg/kg before amendment||Limit mg/kg after amendment|
Apart from the limits of heavy metals, major amendments include:
- If it is not technically feasible to perform migration tests using food simulant D2 (vegetable oil), 95% ethanol and isooctane can be used as substitution.
- Sealing cover and the sealing ring products, remove the mg/dm2 the transfer of limited unit to ensure the consistent results by measuring same unit and same method.
- Food simulants have been assigned for migration tests for “Fruit, fresh or chilled” (04.01) and “Vegetables, fresh or chilled” (04.04) in Table 2 (effective from 14 September, 2018).
US Toy Standard ASTM F963 -16
The updated version of ASTM F963 (ASTM F963-16) was published on the 20th of October, 2016. The US Consumer Products Safety Commission made the CPSC ASTM (F963-11 version) mandatory on the 12th of June 2012. Under the Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), the ASTM F963-2016 version becomes mandatory within 180 days of publication, unless it is rejected by the US CPSC within 90 days.
AOAC and Pennsylvania stuffed toy method were removed; New method was added (visual check with 10 X magnification stereo wide-field microscope)
Add new requirement - projectile toys in which the projectile is launched by blowing into the discharge mechanism
|Cords, Straps, and Elastics||
Straps used for waist restraints on ride-on toys are exempt from the free length and loop requirements of Cords, Straps, and Elastics section
|Stability of Ride-On Toys and Toy Seats||
Closely align with EN 71-1, ISO 8124-1 and AS/NZS 8124-1
Only apply to the portion of the toy which has the squeeze function
|Battery operated toy||
New definition of primary cell and secondary battery. New requirement for Secondary cell and Lithium chemistry cells
|Magnet||Closely align with EN 71-1 and ISO 8124-1 requirements. Soaking test was added for wooden toys, toys intended to be used in water and mouth-actuated toys with magnets or magnetic components|
|Expanding materials||Is a new test and closely aligns with EN 71-1 with some additional requirements|
|Toy chest||This requirement restored (ASTM F834-Safety Specification for Toy Chests has been withdrawn)|
|Labelling||There is new button/coin cell battery labeling requirement|
|Battery ride-on toy||Low power circuit determination was added|
|Toys contains secondary cells/ Batteries||4 new tests were added (Preconditioning, battery overcharge test, repetitive overcharge test, single fault charging test, short circuit protection test)|
|Overload of Ride-On Toys and Toy Seats||Clearly define the test load of single user and address the situation of multiple users|