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France to Lengthen Formamide Restriction in Toy Puzzle Mats
France recently extended the temporary restriction of formamide in toy puzzle mats. The extension period is for a further 12 months and took effect on 1 August 2013.
By: SGS SA - Consumer Testing Services
In December 2010, Belgium and France announced the removal of toy puzzle mats from shelves due to excessive quantities of formamide; a substance classified as reprotoxic (toxic to reproduction)
In July 2011, France restricted formamide in toy puzzle mats temporarily. This temporary restriction recognized the use of one of three designated methods and their corresponding limits for demonstration of compliance. The restriction was, however, valid until July 2012 (2).
In August 2012, France extended the temporary restriction of formamide in toy puzzle mats for a period of 12 months; extending the validity period from 1 August 2012 to 31 July 2013 (3). This new law restricted formamide content to no more than 200 mg/kg.
On 4 August 2013, Decree of 1 August 2013 was published in the France Official Gazette to extend the temporary restriction of formamide in toy puzzle mats for another year; from 1 August 2013 to 31 July 2014 (4). The limit of no more than 200 mg/kg remains unchanged.
Latest Status of Formamide Restriction in France
Highlights of the new law are summarized below:
- Regulation: Decree of 1 August 2013.
- Substance: Formamide.
- Scope: Toy puzzle mats.
- Effective date: 1 August 2013 (until 31 July 2014).
(1) SGS SafeGuards No. 211/10, December 2010 (http://newsletter.sgs.com/
(2) SGS SafeGuards No. 142/11, August 2011 (http://newsletter.sgs.com/
(3) SGS SafeGuards No. 129/12, August 2012 and references therein, (http://newsletter.sgs.com/
(4) Decree of 1 August 2013 suspending the placing on the market of toys ‘puzzle mats’ containing formamide, Page 13307, Official Gazette No. 0180 of August 4, 2013, (http://www.legifrance.gouv.fr/
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