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EU Restricts Additional Chemicals in Toys

On November 24, 2015, the EU published directives 2015/2115, 2015/2116, and 2015/2117 restricting the use of certain chemics in toys for under 36 months and other toys intended to be placed in the mouth. The five chemicals are: 

1.  1,2-Benzisothiazol- 3(2H)-one (BIT, CAS 2634-33-5), used as a preservative in water-based toys and hobby paints, effective May 24, 2017, with a limit of ≤ 5 mg/kg

2.  5-Chloro-2-methylisothiazolin-3(2H)-one (CMI) and 2-methylisothiazolin-3(2H)-one (MI) (CMI:MI = 3:1, CAS 55965-84-9), used as a preservative in water-based toys and hobby paints, effective November 24, 2017, with a limit of ≤ 1 mg/kg

3.  5-Chloro-2-methylisothiazolin-3(2H)-one (CMI, CAS 26172-55-4), used as a preservative in water-based toys and hobby paints, effective November 24, 2017, with a limit of ≤ .75 mg/kg

4.  2-Methylisothiazolin-3(2H)-one (MI, CAS 2682-20-4), used as a preservative in water-based toys and hobby paints, effective November 24, 2017, with a limit of ≤ .25 mg/kg

5.  Formamide (CAS 75-12-7), often used in the manufacture of foams, such as soft foam mats, effective May 24, 2017, with a limit of ≤ 200 mg/kg 

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