Fabian Demicoli

New Chemical Requirements for Toys enter into force


The EU's new chemical
requirements for toys, which are among the strictest requirements in the world,
have started to applied since 20th July 2013. 

Substances which are carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic to reproduction as
well as 55 allergenic fragrances are now banned from use in toys, while
labelling is now required for 11 potential allergens.  Furthermore, strict limits apply for 19
so-called "heavy elements" (such as lead or barium).

The chemical provisions
which were applicable until now already included a large safety margin and
required that only safe toys were be placed on the market.  Nevertheless, the new requirements further
strengthen the high level of protection of children's safety in the EU.  European Commission Vice President Antonio
Tajani, Commissioner for Industry and Entrepreneurship, said: "Toy safety and
protection of children's health is one of the Commission's highest
priorities.  The Commission will continue
to follow up scientific developments to ensure that chemical requirements for
toys are swiftly adapted to scientific progress."

 

 

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