Revised EU toy safety directive to enter force

New safety rules imposing tough chemical restrictions on toys will enter force at the end of July following their publication in the EU's official journal on Tuesday. Member states have until January 2011* to transpose them into national law.

The revised directive introduces a ban on all carcinogenic, mutagenic and reprotoxic (CMR) substances, though specific exceptions can be granted by an EU scientific committee. It also bans 55 allergenic fragrances, and allows only small traces of five major heavy metals (EE 17/12/08).

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