On August 11, the European Commission published an updated list of the European harmonized standards that pertain to the Toys Directive (88/378/EEC). The standards on this list may be used by manufacturers to prove that their toy(s) complies with the essential requirements of this directive.
* Mattel fined for lead-tainted toys from China
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WASHINGTON, June 5 (Reuters) – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Friday it fined Mattel Inc (MAT.N) $2.3 million for violating a ban on bringing dangerous products into the United States.
On May 1, a European Commission Decision comes into force to ensure that no consumer product containing the strongly sensitising DMF is placed on the market in the EU. The biocide dimethylfumarate (DMF) has caused severe allergic reactions, including skin itching, irritation, redness, burns and, in some cases, acute respiratory difficulties, in hundreds of consumers in the EU because of its use in imported every day consumer products such as couches and shoes. There has even been one case of a soft toy for small children. If already on the market, these products will have to be recalled and withdrawn without delay, and consumers will have to be informed about the serious risk. The Commission Decision is an EU wide emergency measure, pending the adoption of a more permanent regulatory solution.
The European Commission welcomes today’s adoption by the European Parliament of its proposal to substantially strengthen EU-rules on toy safety. It gives consumers assurance that toys sold in the EU fulfil the highest safety requirements world-wide, especially those relating to the use of chemical substances.
Today, the European Commission published an update of the list of European harmonized standards that manufacturers of toys may use to prove CE compliance with the Toys Directive 88/378/EEC.
This updated list is of importance to manufacturers of toys that have used European harmonized standards to prove CE compliance. When you have applied standards which have been updated by this list, you need to re-evaluate your equipment against the updated standard and update your Declaration of Conformity.
The updated list of standards can be found here or our CE Marking Library.