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Toxic Metals in Toys

""NMI provides a testing service in accordance with AS/NZS ISO 8124.3:2012 Safety of Toys – Migration of Certain Elements which is concerned with the migration of antimony, arsenic, barium, cadmium, chromium, lead, mercury and selenium from toy materials and other parts of toys (but excluding materials not accessible unless the toy is dismantled).

Maximum acceptable levels are specified for the migration of these elements from a range of toy materials and the NMI report will reference the testing result in terms of compliance with the acceptance levels of the individual elements.

The following criteria are considered appropriate in the categorisation of toys which can be sucked, licked or swallowed:

  • all intended food/oral contact toys, cosmetic toys and writing instruments classified as toys
  • toys intended for children up to six years of age, i.e. all accessible parts and components where there is a likelihood that those parts or components may come into contact with the mouth

Test portions must be taken from accessible points of a single toy sample. Normally each colour and material on a toy should be individually tested.

NMI also offers a non-destructive initial screening technique using a handheld X-ray fluorescence analyser. Toys found to contain heavy metal levels of concern may then be tested in accordance with the Australian standard.

For further information please contact, 1300 722 845 or use our on-line form.