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Public Health (21-12-2015)

SCHER preliminary Opinion on estimates of the amount of toy materials ingested by children

Today, the European Commission and its independent Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risks (SCHER) publish their preliminary Opinion on estimates of the amount of toy materials ingested by children.

Content of the Opinion

The SCHER was asked to review available data on the ingestion of the following three types of toy material by children, and evaluate whether the current migration limits are still appropriate.

  1. Dry, brittle, powder-like or pliable toy material (migration limit of 100 mg/day)
  2. Liquid or sticky toy material (400 mg/day)
  3. Scraped-off toy material (8 mg/day)

It was questioned, whether the daily ingestion limits up to an amount of 100 mg for dry, brittle, powder-like or pliable toy material and 400 mg for liquid or sticky toy material, could be changed to weekly limits.

In their preliminary opinion SCHER considers the current migration limits mentioned above to be appropriate. Furthermore, SCHER considers that all ingestion limits should remain classified as daily rather than weekly.

Interested parties are invited to submit comments on the scientific evidence online before 14 February 2016.

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