New EU rules to raise toy safety standards, put greater responsibility on manufacturers/importers and beef up national market surveillance.
"The health and safety of children is non-negotiable and cannot be subject to any compromises," underlined enterprise commissioner Günter Verheugen. This is why the EU wants to set – and enforce – higher toy safety standards than ever before.
The commission has proposed new legislation to make a number of changes:
The changes reflect gaps in the current legislation, which dates back to 1988. EU countries already have a duty to keep unsafe toys out of the shops, but the law is not flexible enough to keep pace with the new products being developed and new research findings. The proposed rules address these shortcomings.
Wide-ranging public consultations have been held on the changes, with over 1 500 replies received. The proposals now need to be discussed by EU institutions and adopted as soon as possible.