In an article published on November 6, 2018, regulatory news provider Chemical Watch informed about “a second amendment to the safety standard for soothers for babies and young children,” published by the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) in September 2018.
The updated standard EN 1400:2013+A2:2018, issued by the technical body “CEN/TC 252 – Child care articles,” specifies “safety requirements relating to the materials, construction, performance, packaging and product information for soothers” and is “applicable to products that resemble or function as a soother.”
The current amendment lowers the migration limit for bisphenol A (BPA, CAS 80-05-7) from 0.125 mg/L to 0.01 mg/L and requires BPA migration testing for polycarbonates and polysulfones. Other changes include, among others, definition of separate migration limits for chromium III and VI, as well as a “new entry for organic tin” and “new migration limits for arsenic, barium and nickel.” With regard to the latter, “the limit [for nickel] has been strengthened nearly four-fold, whereas those for arsenic and barium have become less stringent.”
Chemical Watch (November 6, 2018). “New CEN standard lowers BPA migration limit in baby soothers.”
European Committee for Standardization (2018). “CEN/TC 252 – Child care articles.”
European Committee for Standardization (2018). “EN 1400:2013+A2:2018.”