Reach compliance testing
The REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) regulations, as implemented in the UK, are in place to ensure the safety of chemicals used in products, including toys.
These regulations require manufacturers and importers of toys to test their products for potential chemical hazards and to provide safety information to consumers.
One of the key aspects of the UK REACH regulations is the requirement for toy manufacturers and importers to conduct a chemical safety assessment (CSA) on their products. This assessment must identify any potential chemical hazards and evaluate the risks to human health and the environment. The CSA must be carried out by a qualified professional and must be submitted to the UK Chemicals Regulation Division (CRD) for review and approval.
The UK REACH regulations also require toy manufacturers and importers to provide safety information to consumers. This includes information on the potential chemical hazards of the toy and any necessary safety precautions. This information must be provided in the form of a safety data sheet (SDS), which must be readily available to consumers upon request.
In addition to these requirements, the UK REACH regulations also restrict the use of certain chemicals in toys. These include substances that are known to be harmful to human health or the environment, such as certain heavy metals and certain types of phthalates.
Overall, the UK REACH regulations are an important aspect of toy safety in the UK. They ensure that toys are tested for potential chemical hazards and that consumers are provided with necessary safety information. By adhering to these regulations, manufacturers and importers can help to ensure that the toys they produce and import are safe for children to use.
The regulations limit or prohibit the use of certain substances in consumer goods. We conduct testing for the following substances:
Substance Entry 20: Organic Tin
We test for the total tin level in organic tin compounds.Organic tin compounds include Dibutyltin (DBT) and Dioctyltin (DOT).These can be present in consumer goods such as PVC items, textiles, footwear, children’s products, gloves and nappies. Depending on the product, REACH regulations specify either a maximum limit or total prohibition.
Substance Entry 23: Total Cadmium
We test for the total cadmium level present in various polymers such as PVC, polyurethane and polyethylene terephthalate (PET). We also test for cadmium in paints and painted articles.
Substance Entry 63 and CPSIA
Total Lead - We test for total lead level present in a variety of consumer products, including those which children — especially children under 36 months — may put in their mouths.
Consumer products that require total lead testing include:
Jewellery including bracelets, necklaces, rings, brooches, cufflinks, watches, wrist wear and jewellery for piercings
Clothing and textiles
Footwear, including novelty slippers
Substance Entries 51 and 52: Restricted phthalates
Phthalates are added to plastics to make them more flexible or transparent. They can also increase the durability and longevity of plastics. Six of these phthalates are governed by REACH as they pose higher risks to the environment and human health.
We test for all six phthalates:
Substance Entry 51 applies to PVC and plastics used in toys and child care articles. It covers the following substances:
BBP Butyl benzyl phthalate 85-68-7
DBP Di-butyl phthalate 84-74-2
DEHP Di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate 117-82-8
Substance Entry 52 applies to toys and childcare articles that can be placed in the mouth. It covers the following substances:
DINP Di-isononyl phthalate 28553-12-0
DIDP Di-iso-decyl phthalate 26761-40-0
DNOP Di-n-octyl phthalate 117-84-0