EU toy safety directive revision plans floated

European commission proposes banning carcinogenic, mutagenic and reprotoxic chemicals, stricter limits for others

The European commission proposed measures to improve toy safety in Europe on Thursday, in particular by toughening up the rules for using of chemical substances in toys. Originally due at the end of last year, the proposal is designed to replace an existing 1988 directive on toy safety (EED 04/10/07).

The commission proposes a ban on all carcinogenic, mutagenic and reprotoxic (CMR) substances in toys. And it suggests "drastically reducing" the permitted levels of dangerous chemicals such as lead and mercury. Certain allergenic fragrances would be banned, others would require labelling.

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