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WECF - EU rules on toys too weak

Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF) have highlighted the need to have full disclosure of ingredients for toys, as well as stricter laws that apply the precautionary principle, with zero tolerance for harmful chemicals.

Parents are more and more concerned about lack on information on which harmful substances are found in toys, and that policy makers and industry are not doing enough to protect their children’s health.

The new chemical requirements of the EU toy safety Directive have been in force since July 2013 giving the EU the chance to really protect children from hazardous chemicals. Yet, they only went half way.

As toys are part of the everyday life of many children, they should be safe. Children have developing organs, rapid metabolisms, thinner skin and immature immune systems, as well as specific behaviours, so they are more vulnerable than adults to chemicals of concern. Banning harmful substances from toys is necessary to protect children from possible long-term and irreversible health effects.

The revised chemical requirements of the Directive are a slight improvement from the previous version when it comes to the use of carcinogenic, mutagenic and reprotoxic substances (CMRs), but unfortunately, the new Directive does not ban them from toys. Children should not be exposed to such substances when playing with toys.

More information available here on the WECF website

Originally posted on 11 April 2014

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