Fabian Demicoli

Warning: Toy Safety! AN EU Directive on safety of toys

The Directive regulating toy safety has been in force since 1988 and its replacement and modernisation is evidently required. The European Commission has presented a legislative proposal that seeks to introduce new and more stringent safety requirements, strengthen manufacturers' and importers' responsibility for the marketing of toys and enhance the market surveillance obligations of the Member States.

Important elements of the proposal entail the prohibition of chemical substances that could cause cancer; a reduction in the permissible quantities for certain dangerous chemical substances; the prohibition of allergenic fragrances; a ban on toys attached to food products; as well as more responsibility for importers and manufacturers, among others.

The current proposal is under discussion and so stakeholders are still in time, not only to inform themselves of the implications but also to provide their views on this legislative development at an early stage.

In view of this an information and consultation session is being organised which should be of interest to: manufacturers; importers and retailers.

The session shall be held on the 4th of June 2008 at the Trade Winds Hall, at the Malta Enterprise in San Gwann, between 1300-1500 hrs.

Participation is free of charge, but prior registration is required in view of seating restrictions. A registration can be obtained from Forum Malta Fl-Ewropa and registrations should reach Brian Pace at Forum Malta fl-Ewropa by not later than noon of Monday 2nd June 2008 by email to .

It would be beneficial for local stakeholders to raise their views on issues of direct importance.

A document will be circulated and will be providing an outline of the Commission proposal, a copy of which is available online on: http://www.forummalta.gov.mt/Portals/

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