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The European Committee for Standardization (Comité Européen de Normalisation, CEN) has published a new version of its amendment to the toy safety standard for ‘Finger Paints’ – EN 71-7.

The primary difference between this version (A2:2018) and the first amendment document (A1:2017) is the addition of a new sentence in Annex A, under ‘Specific Requirements’. The additional sentence is:

“Certain restrictions, e.g. those referring to Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009, may mean that the particular colorant is unsuitable for use in a finger paint.”

The addition of this sentence is a response to an expected delay in harmonization of the standard – EN 71-7:2014+A1:2017 – for presumption of conformity due to a need for a modification in the ‘Specific Requirements’ to ensure proper consideration of the Cosmetics legislation, Regulation (EC) 1223/2009. This relates to the selection of colorants for use in finger paints.

The latest version – EN 71-7:2014+A2:2018 – was published in February 2018 and contains the new standard, approved in August 2017, and Amendment 2, approved in January 2018. The standard is expected to be harmonized under Directive 2009/48/EC, the so-called Toy Safety Directive (TSD), upon acceptance by the European Commission (EC) and by publication in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU).

Conflicting national standards are to be withdrawn by August 2018 at the very latest and stakeholders are now advised to check their products are compliant with the latest version of the TSD.

EN 71-7:2014+A2:2018 is available on a commercial basis at national standards organizations, such as the Danish Standards Foundation (Dansk Standard) and the Estonian Center for Standardization (Eesti Standardikeskus, EVS).

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