EU Proposes to Strengthen the Migration Limits of Aluminium in Toys


EU Proposes to Strengthen the Migration Limits of Aluminium in Toys

On December 10, 2018, the European Commission has notified the World Trade Organisation (WTO) of a proposal to strengthen the migration limits of aluminium under the Toy Safety Directive. The proposal is expected to be adopted in the second quarter of 2019 and enter into application 18 months after publication in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU).

By Bureau Veritas Technical Services 3 minute read


According to the most recent available data on the toxicity of aluminium, the Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks (SCHEER) has considered a tolerable daily intake (TDI) of 0.3 mg/kg body weight per day as an appropriate base for revising the migration limits for aluminium from toys. Since children are exposed to aluminium also through sources other than toys, only 10% of the TDI is applied for the calculation of the resulting migration limits.

New Proposed Limits

Current limit under Toy Safety Directive (mg/kg)

Proposed new limit under Toy Safety Directive (mg/kg)

Cat. I: Dry, brittle, powder-like or pliable toy material5,6252,250
Cat. II: Liquid or sticky toy material1,406560
Cat. III: Scrapped-off toy material70,00028,130

Additional Information

European Commission Draft Commission Directive:

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