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Public Health (15-04-2016)

Final 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 final Opinion on estimates of the amount of toy materials ingested by children.

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 ingestion amounts which formed the basis for the migration limits of 19 elements in the Toy Safety Directive are still appropriate or whether they should be changed (e.g. to weekly limits, rather than daily).

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

In the final Opinion the SCHER considers the ingestion amounts mentioned above to be appropriate, and that these ingestion amounts should remain classified as daily amounts rather than weekly.