Thailand Thailand restricts phthalates in toys

Thailand restricts phthalates in toys

Ministry of Industry published “Ministerial Regulation regarding designation of Toys as industrial products which shall conform to the industrial standard” in the Royal Gazette on 25 March 2022. The regulation mandates toys to conform with the Thai industrial standard for toys (TIS 685 Part 1-2562 (2019) Toys: Safety requirements Part 1 – Requirements). The regulation will be effective 180 days after the announcement in the Royal Gazette.

Restriction on the migration of chemicals in TIS 685 Part 1-2562 (2019)

The standard restricts chemicals in toy products as the following table. The stricter threshold was set for finger paint except for Barium, as compared to “TIS 685 Part 1-2540 (1997) Toys Part 1 General requirements”.

Chemical elements The maximum concentration of chemical elements in the sample extracted from toys (mg per kg)
Coating, writing material, plastic, paper and paperboard, and textile Modeling clay Finger paint
Antimony (Sb) 60 60 10
Arsenic (As) 25 25 10
Barium (Ba) 1000 250 350
Cadmium (Cd) 75 50 15
Chromium (Cr) 60 25 25
Lead (Pb) 90 90 25
Mercury (Hg) 60 25 10
Selenium (Se) 500 500 50

 

Notably, the standard introduced new requirements on phthalates as the following table.

Phthalates The maximum total phthalates in the sample extracted from plastic, rubber, and coating which is in the exposure area (% W/W)
General toys Toys for children under 3 years and possible for exposure to mouth
bis-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) Not exceed 0.1 Not exceed 0.1
di-n-butyl phthalate (DBP)
benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP)
di-iso-nonyl phthalate (DINP)
di-iso-decyl phthalate (DIDP)
di-n-octyl phthalate (DNOP)

 

The TIS 685 Part 1-2562 (2019) will be mandatory on 22 September 2022.

 

Download the Ministerial Regulation at
http://www.ratchakitcha.soc.go.th/DATA/PDF/2565/A/019/T_0004.PDF

TIS 685 Part 1-2562 (2019) Toys: Safety requirements Part 1 – Requirement is available at
https://www.tisi.go.th/data/standard/fulltext/TIS-685-1-2562m.pdf