Industry and Entrepreneurship
20.07.20101: the new Toy safety directive 2009/48/EC became applicable ensuring that toys sold in the EU are among the safest in the world.
27.11.2011: launch of EU-wide "European Toy Safety Campaign". The aim of the Campaign was to highlight to consumers, ahead of and during the Christmas sales period that toys sold now are among the safest in the world and to show them how to buy safe toys and use them safely. This was done by means of a short video clip containing safety tips for consumers, aired on social web networks and TV. Cards containing similar tips, in all EU languages, have been handed out to consumers in hundreds of EU toy shops.
In 2011: training Chinese manufacturers and regulators. Hundreds of toy manufacturers were trained personally and/or via web-casts by providing with important information on the new Toy Safety Directive and its Guidance documents to help implementation during training sessions in Beijing, Dongguan and Hong Kong. Additional trainings are planned during 2012. Moreover, EU manufacturers, importers and distributors, as well as Member State officials, will be trained in 2012 on these topics.
The limit values for cadmium are being amended by the Commission in order to ensure alignment on the latest scientific knowledge. The Commission is also working on amending the limit values for lead (the proposal is expected for end 2012). Together with the expert group on chemicals in toys, the Commission continues reviewing other chemical substances and working on setting specific limit values for certain CMR substances in toys.