Industry slams EU over PVC toy ban suggestion

EU officials' comments "incorrect, irresponsible, misplaced," say PVC, plasticiser, toy, makers

European industry associations representing PVC, plasticiser and toy manufacturers have sharply criticised suggestions that an EU regulatory procedure currently under way could result in a withdrawal or ban on some PVC toys containing phthalate plasticisers (ENDS Daily 25 March). In a joint statement released this evening, the European Council of Vinyl Manufacturers, the European Council for Plasticisers and Intermediates and Toy Industries of Europe said that EU officials' comments on a possible ban reported by ENDS Daily and other news services were "factually incorrect, irresponsible and totally misplaced". The associations acknowledged that a regulatory procedure under the EU general product safety directive had been sparked by a Spanish request for emergency measures, but said that Spain had "jumped the gun". An interim opinion on possible health risks of phthalates in toys issued last month by the EU Committee on Toxicity, Ecotoxicity and the Environment was "inconclusive," they said (ENDS Daily 13 February). "It is extremely concerning that decisions are being assumed despite the scientific committee have clearly acknowledged serious shortcomings of the incomplete scientific data," said Maurits Bruggink of Toy Industries of Europe. "It is extremely unfortunate that the Spanish authorities could not have waited for proper test methods and scientific data before reacting."

Follow Up:
European Council of Vinyl Manufacturers, tel: +32 2 676 7211; European Council for Plasticisers and Intermediates, tel: +32 2 676 7211; Toy Industries of Europe, tel: +32 2 732 7040.

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