EU Updates Toy Safety Standards

Safety of Toys

By: Playthings Staff – Gifts and Dec BRUSSELS, Belgium – The European Commission has recently made two updates to its toy safety standards. These changes will affect toy manufacturers and distributors that export product into Europe, according to a report by the Toy Industry Association (TIA). On December 2, the EC published a revised “Guidance Document on Technical Documentation,” to help manufacturers and importers of toys in the EU file comprehensive technical documentation demonstrating compliance of each toy with the requirements of the EU Toy Safety Directive (TSD). Revisions to the Guidance Document include a model letter which toy companies can use to remind suppliers about the need to provide a list of materials, chemicals, and components used in the toy, as well as a model sub-declaration for suppliers to obtain a guarantee that the supplied parts and components have been correctly assessed and comply with the appropriate toy safety requirements for their expected use. The EC also amended current restrictions of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) in the REACH Regulation EC 1907/2006 (PAHs are not intentionally added to consumer products but are impurities of various manufacturing processes). The amendments in the new regulation (EU 1272/2013) includes limits for the allowable PAHs in rubber and plastic articles with prolonged skin or mouth contact, with special limits for toys in direct and prolonged or short-term repetitive contact with the skin or oral cavity. Source: Gifts And Decorative Accessories

Have your say: Evaluation of the Pressure Equipment Directive 97/23/EC

The primary objective of the Pressure Equipment Directive is to guarantee free circulation of stationary pressure equipment within the Internal Market whilst ensuring a high degree of safety. It is now over nine years since the Directive entered into force and the European Commission is evaluating its performance. The evaluation is being conducted by the Centre for Strategy & Evaluation Services (CSES). A report on the evaluation will be made available on the DG Enterprise and Industry website later in Autumn 2012. As part of the Evaluation, CSES is collecting information from businesses and stakeholders about their perceptions of the performance of the Pressure Equipment Directive. The survey should take 10-15 minutes to complete. There are two surveys, one for businesses involved in the production/ use of pressure equipment and one for stakeholders e.g. notified bodies, government authorities, standardisation experts or bodies, pressure equipment experts or institution and other stakeholders.

European Commission updates list of European Harmonized Standards for the Pressure Equipment Directive (97/23/EC) and Simple Pressure Vessels Directive (2009/105/EC)

Wednesday April 11 was a busy day for the European Commission. Besides the list of harmonized standards for the EMC Directive (2004/108/EC) and Radio and Telecommunication Terminal Equipment (RTTE) Directive (99/05/EC), the Commission also published updates to the lists of the European harmonized standards that pertain to the Pressure Equipment Directive (97/23/EC) and the Simple Pressure Vessels Directive (2009/105/EC). The standards on these list may be used by pressure equipment manufacturers to prove that their equipment complies with the essential requirements of these directives.

Medical Devices CE Documentation Kit

Looking for CE Marking a medical device? The process starts with reading the Medical Devices Directive (93/42/EC) and by applying the requirements written there. This can be a tedious process, because the text of the Medical Devices Directive has been amended several times. For your convenience we have a compiled a kit of important documents that you require in order to CE Mark medical devices.