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On 10 April 2019, the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) published a new version of toy standard EN 71-3:20191 on migration of certain elements. The Members of the CEN have to adopt the new standard and publish their own national version no later than 31 October 2019.
Noticeable changes include the acceptance of alternative methods of analysis and revision on Chromium (VI) limit value 0.053 mg/kg2 for category 3 materials which will take effect from 18 November this year. The quantification limit (LOQ) of the new analysis method has been lowered to 0.0025 mg/kg. The result of Chromium (III) concentration has also been changed to be calculated by subtracting the concentration of Chromium (VI) from the total Chromium concentration.
Highlights of the changes to the new EN 71-3:2019 are summarized below.