The EN 71-3 Standard, governing the levels of material migration in toys, has changed in response to the revised Toy Safety Directive (2009/48/EC) and its chemical migration rules that come into force on the 20th July 2013. The revised standard reflects the new limits specified in the Directive for a range of metals such as aluminium, copper, manganese, boron, strontium, cobalt, and tin, in addition to the metals specified in the previous version of the Standard. It also gives manufacturers testing and non-testing methods of product assessment.
As one of the first to achieve this accreditation, Intertek is able to safeguard its clients and minimise their liability risks by ensuring product compliance with evolving legislation. This additional accreditation further enhances the capabilities of Intertek’s network of global of laboratories, which validate thousands of different products worldwide every year.
Robert Hinchcliffe, a senior technical expert in toys at Leicester, commented: “No one wants to take risks with children and so validating the material migration levels in toys is about safeguarding them from harm. By using an accredited laboratory, such as Intertek, toy manufacturers will get a robust set of material migration data results that will give them peace of mind that their product complies.”
To find out more, you can download Intertek’s guidance document ‘Understanding EN 71 -3 chemical migration limits in toys and childcare items’ from www.intertek.com/understanding-en-71-3-new-chemical-migration.
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