Because toys are for children, it is important to have additional regulations to ensure safety. That’s why the Netherlands – one of the EU’s main entry points for toys – has teamed up with China – one of the EU’s main sources of toy imports –signed an action plan called, 'Cooperation in the field of toy safety'.
The resulting collaboration will promote toy safety and, by extension, promote child safety safety. Dutch Acting Inspector General Freek van Zoeren of the NVWA and AQSIQ Vice Minister Sun Dawei signed the agreement in the presence of Minister Zhi Shuping and the European Commission’s Director-General for Enterprise and Industry, Daniel Calleja.
‘This pilot project is of fundamental importance for the safety of toys in the EU, since many of our toys are manufactured in China’, Calleja said. ‘This project should lead to a common control system and a uniform interpretation of product standards for toys in the EU and in China. Toys target the most vulnerable group of consumers, our children, and improving toy safety is a key priority for the EU’.