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
Today, I stumbled upon this safety video from the company Harsco. I think it excellent for making us aware of the risk and mistakes people make. Watch it. It is a great inspiration for your next risk assessment…
In 2007 EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso stated at a EU-US summit that “The reality is that the world is safer and more prosperous when Europe and America work together as global partners”. The large number of unsafe and counterfeit products flooding to our markets, and recalls like we had with Mattel and Fisher Price products have caused outrage with consumers in North America and Europe. Many politicians have called for immediate action. In the European Parliament there were even voices that called for the CE marking system to be reversed.
The number of dangerous consumer products withdrawn from the EU market rose by 16% in 2008 compared to in 2007, the Commission’s annual report on the Community rapid alert system for non-food dangerous products (“RAPEX”) reveals today. This rise from 1 605 notifications in 2007 to 1 866 last year shows that the capacity of the RAPEX system has substantially increased again in 2008, following a substantial investment of resources and training by the European Commission and Member States. European businesses in the consumer product safety area are also taking their responsibilities more seriously and recall their unsafe products from the market more readily. Toys with childcare articles (such as bicycles, baby walkers, cots and soothers), electrical products and motor vehicles were the most frequently notified products in 2008. The number of notifications on products of Chinese origin sent through RAPEX increased (from 52% in 2007 to 59% in 2008). This must be seen as a consequence of the focus of market surveillance authorities on product categories known to be of higher risk.