New EU Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive Goes Into Effect in January

Courtesy of Toy Industry Association

On January 2, toys that have a major E&E component must meet the European Union New Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS 2) limits. E&E equipment includes equipment dependent on electric current or electromagnetic fields in order to work properly. Under the new definition in RoHS 2, toys that need electric currents, or electromagnetic fields to fulfill at least one intended function are included. Compliance with RoHS 2 must be met by July 22 for toys where E&E component is minor or secondary such as a plush toy that sings. For more information, visit the European Commission website.