Industry and Entrepreneurship
In January 2012, the European toy safety information campaign was launched. Training sessions on toy safety have been organised for economic operators involved in toy manufacturing and marketing, in order to raise their awareness on the new rules in place. The campaign reached more than 600 economic operators, in 17 Member States. Additional training is foreseen for 2013.
Similar training sessions have been organised in China and Honk Kong, in October 2012, for manufacturers and enforcement authorities. Additional training is foreseen for 2013.
In July 2012, a new video clip on toy safety was launched, starring the CE-E robot, to raise consumer's awareness on toy safety, and to provide them with useful tips on how to safely buy and use toys. A Facebook account was created for CE-E, where he daily delivers useful tips on toy safety. This initiative will be continued in 2013.
Limit values for cadmium and lead
02.03.2012: Commission Directive 2012/7/EU establishing new stricter limit values for cadmium in toys.
For lead, the Commission assessed the impacts of the initiative on health and industry's competitiveness, and will amend the Directive on this point in 2013. The Commission is also preparing an amendment establishing stricter limit values for barium in toys, and another restricting the use of TCEP and its substitutes in toys, for which the opinion of the Toy safety Committee will be requested in the first quarter of 2013.