UL helps toy firms meet EU safety requirements

New requirements will take effect on July 20th, 2013.
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The new chemical requirements of the EU Toy Directive will come in to effect on July 20th, and UL Laboratories is helping manufacturers meet the standards.

The updated Toy Directive will aim to protect children from harmful chemical elements in toys.

And manufacturers will be required to ensure compliance of any raw materials used in toys entering the EU from this July.

UL Laboratories is offering testing solutions to toy manufacturers to ensure compliance.

A statement from UL Laboratories read: "Toys must be manufactured so as to prevent exposure of children to harmful chemical elements.

"The directive has been updated to include the latest in scientific knowledge and includes restrictions on toxic elements, certain allergenic fragrance compounds and use of CMR chemicals.

"In particular, it expands the migratable toxic elements requirements from eight elements to 19, including Organic tin and Chromium VI."

Additionally, the EU Toy Safety Directive requires manufacturers to maintain an up-to-date Technical File of design, manufacture, chemical and operational requirements that retains a history of each product.

UL services include product testing, chemical analysis and anti-microbial effectiveness, product safety assesments, technical documentation reviews, inspections, audits, customised training courses and seminars.

For more information visit www.ul.com/toys or email ToyTeam@ul.com

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