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REACH

Restrictions

Entry 51 and 52 of Annex XVII to REACH - Phthalates in toys and childcare articles

Do entries 51 and 52 of Annex XVII of REACH cover certain articles often used by children (e.g. school supplies, clothing or hair accessories)?
No, items such as school supplies, clothing or hair accessories are not considered as toys in the sense of the Directive 2009/48/EC on the safety of Toys, as their main purpose is not to be used in play by the children. However, certain products such as plastic combs can fall under the definition of ‘childcare articles’ (defined in the restriction as any products intended to facilitate sleep, relaxation, hygiene, the feeding of children or sucking on the part of children) see (Q&A 0983). 

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