Manufacturers routinely analyze toy samples for toxic trace elements, but a number of recent cases of contaminated toys suggest that heavy metals are still present in consumer products. This has resulted in an increasing number of toy producers opting to perform in-house testing to ensure compliance with current regulations and protect consumers. For many, in-house testing can be less costly than outsourced analysis. Today, many regulations worldwide are based on a test method that monitors the levels of trace elements migrating from a toy material into an acidic solution. This simulates the release of elements when toy components are ingested by a child.
The application note details the analysis of three samples extracted from a toy car and a baby rattle, each prepared in accordance with ASTM F963-08 and EN71 Part 3. The study utilized the iCAP 6200’s integrated Thermo Scientific iTEVA software, which is supplied with pre-loaded method templates that enable protocol-compliant sample analysis in the environment, food safety, toy safety and WEEE/RoHS market sectors. These templates, combined with the instrument’s pre-optimized sample introduction system, enable simple, consistent out-of-the-box operation and ensure both novice and experienced ICP users can achieve powerful analytical performance with minimal method development requirements.
The capabilities of the iCAP 6200 ICP spectrometer are further examined in a webinar that is available free-of-charge via http://www.spectroscopynow.com/thermowebinars. The webinar is ideal for routine laboratories running, or considering, ICP technology, and explores how to achieve the utmost efficiency while remaining confident about the quality and reliability of results. Areas covered include: considerations for ICP instrument selection, optimizing technology for cost efficiency and hints and tips to achieve pain-free method development. The webinar features examples from environmental and food/consumer safety applications.