French DGCCRF Food Contact Materials
In June 2016, the French Directorate General for Competition Policy, Consumer Affairs and Fraud Control (DGCCRF) published documents, DM/4B/COM/002, DM/4B/COM/003, DM4B/COM/004. These documents replace DGCCRF Notes of Information No. 2004-64 of 2004, regarding organic materials issued from synthetic components and organic materials made from plant fibres.
|Document Number||Types of Materials||Updates|
|DM/4B/COM/001||Metals and Alloys||In Nov 2015, Superseded the Notes of Information No. 2004-64 of 2004
Mandates new requirements of 21 elements for coated and non-coated metals and metal alloys
|DM/4B/COM/002||Inorganic materials e.g. ceramic, glass ceramic, enamel, crystal||New metal release limits for all articles except lip and rim:
Aluminium < 1mg/kg
Cobalt < 0.02mg/kg
Arsenic <ND (detection limit: 0.002mg/kg)
|DM/4B/COM/003||Organic materials made of synthetic components e.g. plastic, rubber, complex material||No technical change from previous notes of information No. 2004-64|
|DM/4B/COM/004||Organic materials made of plant fibers e.g. coated or non-coated paper and board||No technical change from previous notes of information No. 2004-64|
European Commission - Lower Migration Limits of Lead Toys
The European Commission has proposed lower limits for Lead in Toys. In order to ensure protection of children, the amended draft adopts the migration limits, from toys or components of toys, for a range of elements, including lead, in dry, liquid and scraped-off toy materials.
On 18 August 2016, the World Trade Organization (WTO) has been informed by The European Commission. The new draft directive is expected to be adopted in the 1st quarter of 2017 and to be applied in the third quarter of 2018.
The summary of Lead migration limits under the Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC (TSD) and the draft directive under WTO are listed in below table.
|Category I (Dry, brittle, power like or pliable)||Category II (Liquid or sticky)||Category III (Scraped-off)|
|Toys Safety Directive||13.5||3.4||160|
Australian Toy Standard Update
The updated Australian voluntary toy standard AS/NZS 8124 was published on 30 June 2016. The standard name was amended from AS/NZS ISO 8124 to AS/NZS 8124. It adopted with national modifications and has been reproduced from the current ISO 8124.
|AS/NZS 8124.1:2016 Safety of toys- Safety aspects related to mechanical and physical properties||
Adopt ISO 8124.1:2014 Safety of toys- Safety aspects related to mechanical and physical properties with several modifications specified in appendix ZZ:
|AS/NZS 8124.1:2016 Safety of toys- Flammability||Adopt ISO 8124.2:2014 Safety of toys- Flammability|
|AS/NZS 8124.3:2012 Amdt 1:2016 Safety of toys- Migration of certain elements||Adopt ISO 8124-3:2010 Amdt. 1:2014 Safety of toys - Migration of certain elements with variations specified in appendix ZZ|