EU Approved Amendment to the Toy Directive 2009/48/EC on Phenol

2017-05-08 11:56:24 Services/Footwear Read

EU Approved Amendment to the Toy Directive 2009/48/EC on Phenol

In order to ensure a high level of protection of children against risks caused by chemical substances in toys, 4th May 2017, The European Commission has published Commission Directive (EU) 2017/774 to add the requirements of phenol appendix C of annex II to the Toy Directive 2009/48/EC. This Directive shall enter into force on 24 May 2017. The Member States shall apply the provisions to comply with this Directive from 4 November 2018.

Analyses should be carried out in accordance with European standards EN 71-10:2005 and EN 71-11:2005.

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Phenol (CAS number 108-95-2) is used as a monomer for phenolic resins in the manufacture of resin-bonded wood for toys. The degradation of phenolic antioxidants in polymers can be a further source of phenol in toys. Phenol was identified in emissions from game consoles, in one of six analysed tents or tunnels for children and in packaging film, it was tested in bath toys and other inflatable toys, and it was considered to be present in polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Phenol could further be used as a preservative in water-based liquid toys such as bubble-blowing products or water-based liquid inks.