The European Standards Organisation, CEN, has published a new version of EN standard on Safety of toys – EN 71 Part 7: Finger paints – Requirements and test methods.
This new version (EN 71-7:2014) brings the requirements for finger paints up to date with respect to the EU Toy Safety Directive and the requirements of the REACH Regulations.
Specific changes of interest include a revised limit value for the carcinogenic polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) benzo[a]-pyrene, which is set at the limit of quantitation of the analytical method used, 0.02 mg/kg. This is a welcome development, where the limits in the standard are in line with what can be achieved with the state-of-the-art of analytical measurement capability. We highlighted last year the restrictions under REACH for PAHs in toys, and this new standard recognises that development. The addition of limit values for polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) is another welcome development, and a valid measurement method for PCBs is included in the standard.
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