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    20 July 2011  
 
   
New EU rules to strengthen toy safety

 
 
There will be no more places for defective and dangerous toys in the EU market. As from today, new EU rules for toys are in force to fulfill the highest safety requirements worldwide. With the entry into force of the new Toys Directive, all actors involved in the production, selling and control of toys on the EU market will get more responsibilities to better protect children. First of all, Member States will have to ensure that market surveillance authorities perform adequate checks both at the EU external borders and within the Union itself, also through visits at the premises of economic operators that will ensure the immediate confiscation of dangerous toys. Second, toy manufacturers, importers and distributors have more obligations too. Before placing a new toy on the market, they will have to identify the hazards and the potential exposure to children via a safety assessment. Finally, manufacturers are also obliged to ensure traceability of the toy by indicating name, address and number of the item.
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Safety for our children is our first priority. We have the best legislation on toys in the world with the highest safety requirements. However, it is not sufficient to strengthen the rules. We also need Member States to ensure enhanced market surveillance deterring fraudulent market operators.

European Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani, responsible for industry and entrepreneurship


 
Vice-President of the European Commission Antonio Tajani    
 
 
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Events

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Contracts and Grants

Toy Safety Communication Campaign 2012
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Feasibility of an EU tourism indicator system for sustainable management
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Analysis of policies to support the competititveness of the chemical industry
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European SME Week 2011
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