Filed under: ECHA, REACH/CLP, Toys | Tags: CLP; REACH; Chemicals; ECHA, REACH, Toys
ECHA, the European Chemicals Agency, has compiled more detailed guidance on the restriction on the use of phthalates in toys and childcare products under Annex XVII of REACH, in the form of a Q&A article.
The most relevant section of this article concerns the “concentration limit of 0.1 % by weight of the plasticised material in toys and childcare articles.” This should be interpreted as “the concentration limit of the 3 phthalates mentioned is to be calculated taking into account all the plasticised material contained in the entire article which is being placed on the market. In the specific example of a doll, the concentration of phthalates should be calculated on the basis of the total weight of the plasticised material of the whole doll and not only on the plasticised material of the head.”
Therefore, laboratories measuring the concentrations of the 3 phthalates (DEHP, DBP, BBP) need to ensure that they take samples for analysis from toys and childcare articles appropriately to avoid obtaining a false result.
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