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The EN 71 chemical standard series, which had been in force since July 2013, is used to show compliance to the EU Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC.

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CEN has published EN 71-3:2013 + A2:2017 for the migration of certain elements in toys.  Conflicting national standards are to be withdrawn by February 2018 at the latest.

The changes in new version are intended to modify the confirmation of soluble organic tin for alternative method of instrumentation and avoiding false positive result obtained under scenarios of coating is contaminated (upon scrapping) by tin-based material or paints original stored in tinplate containers.

The important changes in EN 71-3:2013 + A2:2017 are essentially procedures involving the preparation of samples and analyzing organic tin compounds in toy materials.  These include:

  • A Multiple Reaction Monitoring (MRM) chromatogram detailing signals and retention times for different organic tin compounds to assist instrumental analysis
  • A set of MRM data for certain organic tin compounds, including deuterated forms of internal standards, to assist instrumental analysis
  • Special precautions in preventing conversion of inorganic tin substances to organic tin compounds to avoid false positive results, including the use of organic tin methods, such as ISO/TS 16179 ‘Organotin compounds in footwear materials’ to confirm EN 71-3 results


 According to EN 71-3:2013+A2:2017, this standard will be given the status of a national standard by February 2018 and conflicting standards are to be withdrawn by this date at the very latest. This standard is expected to be harmonized under Directive 2009/48/EC, the so-called Toy Safety Directive (TSD). upon official acceptance by the European Commission (EC) and by publication in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU).

As the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, SGS Hong Kong has the capability to offer testing services for both versions (A1: 2014 & A2:2017) to help you to ensure full compliance with the EU Toy Safety Directive.

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