Outlines nickel exemption, limits on substances used in aqueous toys
12 April 2017 / Children's products, Metals, Substances of concern, Turkey
Turkey's customs and trade ministry has amended the recently adopted Regulation on toy safety.
The Regulation now provides an exemption for nickel used in toys, or their components, made of stainless steel that are intended to conduct an electric current.
Announced in October 2016, the Regulation replaces an existing one from 2013 and adopts, like for the like, the 2009 EU toy safety Directive that came into effect on 4 April this year. The most significant change is a large reduction of the metal content in toys.
The ministry's new amendments comprise specific limit values for certain substances in toys intended for children under 36 months and in other toys intended to be placed in the mouth.
The amendments mean the migration limit of bisphenol A (BPA) is 0.1mg/L and the content limit of the following flame retardants is set at 5mg/kg:
• TCPP; and
Restrictions on these four substances took effect on 4 April. In June last year, Denmark's EPA released a study on these substances in children's articles marketed in the EU. It said it intended to include the study's findings to assess whether to prepare a draft EU restriction.
Also included in this month's changes are new limits on formamide and 1,2-benzisothiazol-3(2H)-one (BIT). These will be imposed from 24 May. They are:
• formamide, for use in foam toy materials: 20μg/m3 (emission limit) after a maximum of 28 days from start of emission testing of such materials containing more than 200mg/kg; and
• BIT, for use in toys intended to come into contact with water (aqueous materials): 5mg/kg (content limit).
The amendments also implement restrictions on the content limit of the following three substances, for use in aqueous toy materials, from 24 November:
• reaction mass of: 5-chloro-2-methyl-4-isothiazolin-3-one [EC no. 247-500-7] and 2-methyl-2H-isothiazol-3-one [EC no. 220-239-6] (3:1): 1mg/kg;
• 5-chloro-2-methylisothiazolin-3(2H)-one (CMI): 0.75mg/kg; and
• 2-metilizotiazolin-3(2H)-one (MI): 0.25mg/kg.
In related news, Turkey's REACH-like law could be published by the end of April, an official from the Ministry of Environment and Urbanisation has told Chemical Watch.