A clarification on the scope, limiting the restriction to only those articles or accessible parts of articles with one dimension that is smaller than 5 cm or has detachable or protruding parts of that size;
The determination of “accessible parts” of articles, which shall be based on the method described by the European Standard EN 71-1 for toys;
An expanded list of exempted products which include the following additional items:
non-synthetic or reconstructed precious and semi-precious stones;
certain types of articles comprising brass alloys;
the tip of writing instruments;
articles covered by other EU legislation specifically regulating lead content or migration.
A derogation on the placing on the market of used articles.
Table A below shows the details of the latest version of the proposed restriction, with the revised sections highlighted in bold.
Lead and Lead Compounds in articles or accessible parts of articles:
supplied to the general public (i.e. consumers); and
can be placed in the mouth by children.
An article is considered “can be placed in the mouth by children” if it is smaller than 5 cm in one dimension or has detachable or protruding parts of that size.
EN 71-1 shall be used to determine “accessible parts” of articles by children.
An article, or a part of an article, is outside the scope of this proposed restriction if it is not accessible by children during normal or reasonably foreseeable conditions of use.
< 0.05% by weight of lead (expressed as metal) in the article or individual parts of the article
The following articles are exempted:
i) crystal glass as defined in Annex I (categories 1, 2, 3, and 4) to Directive 69/493/EEC; ii) non-synthetic or reconstructed precious and semi-precious stones; iii) enamels; iv) keys and locks, including padlocks, and musical instruments; v) articles comprising brass alloys that do not contain more than 0.5% by weight of lead; vi) the tip of writing instruments; vii) articles covered by other EU legislation specifically regulating lead content or migration.
Examples of regulations for point vii) above include:
Toy safety directive;
Packaging and packaging waste directive;
REACH Annex XVII restriction of lead in jewellery.
Used articles that are placed on the market 12 months before the entry into force of the new restriction are exempted.