update:2014-06-14 NO.: DOC140602-01

EN 71-7:2014 Safety of Toys – Part 7: Finger Paints – Requirements and Test Methods Published by CEN

The European Committee for Standardization (CEN) has now published the revised standard for Finger Paints, EN 71-7:2014. This standard supersedes EN 71-7:2002.

Summary of requirements:
4.1 General
Shall not contain dangerous substances or mixtures in amounts which can harm the health of children using them.

4.2 Colourants
Only colourants and colouring materials in Annex A of the standard shall be used in finger paints.
Shall not contain azo colourants.

4.3 Preservatives
Shall be preserved using only the preservatives listed in Annex B of the standard.

4.4 Migration of certain elements
Shall not exceed the limit values specified in EN 71-3:2013 Category II liquid and sticky toy material.

4.5 Limits for impurities
4.5.1 Limits for primary aromatic amines
4 primary aromatic amines prohibited. Other 23 carcinogenic PAAs in a total amount exceeding 20 mg/kg, with no individual primary aromatic amine exceeding 10 mg/kg.
4.5.2 Limits for other impurities
Shall not contain the impurities specified in Table 3.

4.6 Taste and smell
Shall not be sweetened, flavoured or fragranced. An embittering agent as specified in the standard shall be added in order to discourage and minimize the ingestion of paint.

4.7 pH-value
Shall be between 4,0 and 10,0 when tested in accordance with EN ISO 787-9.

4.8 Binding agents, extenders, humectants and surfactants
Only binding agents, extenders, humectants and surfactants which are not fulfilling the hazard criteria in 4.1 shall be used in finger paints.

4.9 N-Nitrosamines
Shall comply with EN 71-12:2013.

4.10 Containers
The containers used for finger paints shall not possess a form, odour, colour, appearance, packaging, labelling, volume or size, such that it is likely that consumers, especially children, will confuse them with foodstuffs and in consequence place them or the finger paints in their mouths, or suck or ingest them.

5 Product information
Markings shall be clearly visible, easily legible, indelible, understandable and accurate. All markings shall be in the national language(s) of the country(ies) of sale.
The primary packaging shall carry the following warning:
“Warning. Children under 3 years of age should be supervised by adults.”
Finger paints supplied in powder form shall additionally bear the following warning:
“Warning. Mix with water in accordance with the instructions before giving to a child.”
The primary packaging shall be labelled with an indication of the preservative(s) and embittering agent(s) used.
The container shall bear the name, trade name and/or trade mark and the address of the manufacturer, his authorized representative or the importer.
Manufacturers shall ensure that their toys bear a type, batch, serial or model number or other element allowing their identification, or, where the size or nature of the toy does not allow it, that the required information is provided on the packaging or in a document accompanying the toy.

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