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The Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC

The Directive lays down the safety criteria that toys must meet before they can be marketed in the EU. Toys must also comply with any other EU legislation applicable to them.

A consolidated version of the Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC in Chinese (790 kB) was prepared by the Commission.

Amendments to the Toy Safety Directive

To adapt the safety requirements on chemicals in toys to the latest technical and scientific developments, the Commission can amend certain parts of the Directive. The following amendments have been made:

  • November 2015: Adoption of specific limit values for the preservatives chloromethylisothiazolinone (CMI), methylisothiazolinone (MI) and CMI and MI mixed together in a ratio of 3 to 1 (CMI/MI 3:1) in toys intended for children under 36 months and in other toys intended to be placed in the mouth (Commission Directive (EU) 2015/2117)
  • November 2015: Adoption of specific limit values for the preservative benzisothiazolinone (BIT) in toys intended for children under 36 months and in other toys intended to be placed in the mouth (Commission Directive (EU) 2015/2116)
  • November 2015: Adoption of specific limit values for formamide in toys intended for children under 36 months and in other toys intended to be placed in the mouth (Commission Directive (EU) 2015/2115)
  • Additional permitted use of the CMR substance nickel (Commission Directive 2014/84/EU)
  • Adoption of specific limit values for bisphenol A in toys intended for children under 36 months and in other toys intended to be placed in the mouth (Commission Directive 2014/81/EU)
  • Adoption of specific limit values for the three flame retardants TCEP, TCPP and TDCP in toys intended for children under 36 months and in other toys intended to be placed in the mouth (Commission Directive 2014/79/EU)
  • Revision of the migration limits for barium (Commission Regulation (EU) No 681/2013)
  • Revision of the migration limits for cadmium (Commission Directive 2012/7/EU)

A consultation on the possible future revision of migration limits for lead in toys took place in 2012. Several studies were undertaken with the aim of assessing the impacts of the revision of migration limits for lead:

The Expert Group on Toy Safety

The Expert Group on Toy Safety is the setting for cooperation between Member States, stakeholders and the Commission on toy safety. It assists in the consistent implementation of legislation across the EU and provides advice on the preparation of new legislative proposals and policy initiatives. In particular, the Expert Group discusses 'grey zone' classification problems and develops guidance material.

Report on the evaluation of the Toy Safety Directive

Every five years, Member States are required to send the Commission a report on the application of the Directive. The report must contain:

  • an evaluation of the situation concerning toy safety and the effectiveness of the Directive;
  • a presentation of the market surveillance activities performed by the Member State.

The Commission then draws up a summary of the national reports.

The report will be available soon.

 

Other EU legislation

Find below a list of all Union legislation that is relevant to the toy industry, apart from the more specific Toy Safety Directive.

DIRECTIVES

REGULATIONS

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