Public consultation on aluminium in toys
PUBLIC CONSULTATION on the
SCHEER Preliminary Opinion on
Tolerable intake of aluminium with regards to adapting the migration limits for aluminium in toys
The European Commission and its Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks (SCHEER) have launched a public consultation on the preliminary Opinion Tolerable intake of aluminium with regards to adapting the migration limits for aluminium in toys.
The Commission has requested SCHEER to review the currently available data on the toxicity of aluminium, taking into account the acceptable levels established by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in 2008 and by the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) in 2011.
The preliminary Opinion presents recommendation for a tolerable intake level for aluminium based on most recent data, including exposure to aluminium from sources other than toys. The Opinion sets the tolerable daily intake of 0,3 mg/kg bodyweight/day. The resulting migration limits for aluminium from toys are calculated according to the current legislation, which allocates 10% of the tolerable daily intake to toys, and are set at 2250 mg aluminium/kg of dry, brittle, powder-like or pliable toy material, 560 mg aluminium/kg of liquid or sticky toy material and 28130 mg aluminium/kg of scraped-off toy material.
The SCHEER also noted that exposure to aluminium from sources others than toys, in particular from diet, may already exceed the Provisional Tolerable Weekly Intake (PTWI) reference value derived by JECFA. Therefore, the SCHEER recommends that the additional exposure from toys should be minimised.
All interested parties are invited to submit written comments on the preliminary Opinion by 10 September 2017, 23:59 (CET) in view of gathering specific comments and contributions on the scientific basis of the opinion, as well as any other scientific information regarding the questions addressed, to enable Scientific Committees to focus on issues that need to be further investigated.
The electronic template provided with the documents should be used exclusively for the submission of comments, with reference made to the line and page numbers. Please note that comments submitted by email or post cannot be taken into account.
As stated in the Rules of Procedures (Annex V), a submission will not be considered if:
- it is submitted after the deadline set out in the call,
- it is presented in any other form than the template provided,
- it exceeds the maximum length indicated for each section, or contains comments which do not correspond to the indicated title of that particular section,
- it contains information on individual cases or any other material not included in published reports,
- it contains complaints against institutions, personal accusations, irrelevant or offensive statements or material. Complaints should be made according to the existing procedures,
- it is related to policy or risk management aspects.
The Scientific Committees will assess all comments from interested parties which are submitted in line with the criteria above and will take them into consideration if they are found relevant.
The European Commission reserves the right to publish all comments received on the Scientific Committees' website. Please read the Privacy statement before submitting comments.
(deadline: 10 September 2017, 23:59 (CET))