Public consultation on toy materials ingested by children
Final Opinion on
Estimates of the amount of toy materials ingested by children
The European Commission and its independent Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risks (SCHER) have published the final Opinion on estimates of the amount of toy materials ingested by children.
The SCHER was asked to review available data on the ingestion of the following three types of toy material by children, and evaluate whether the ingestion amounts which formed the basis for the migration limits of 19 elements in the Toy Safety Directive are still appropriate or should be changed.
- Dry, brittle, powder-like or pliable toy material (ingestion amount 100 mg/day)
- Liquid or sticky toy material (400 mg/day)
- Scraped-off toy material (8 mg/day)
In its Opinion the SCHER considers the ingestion amounts mentioned above to be appropriate. Furthermore, the SCHER considers that all ingestion amounts should remain classified as daily amounts rather than weekly.
A public consultation on this Opinion was opened on the website of the non‐food scientific committees from 21 December 2015 to 14 February 2016. Information about the public consultation was broadly communicated to national authorities, international organisations and other stakeholders.
Five organisations provided total of eighteen comments to different chapters and subchapters of the Opinion during public consultation. Among the organisations participating in the consultation were a national public health institute, consumer organisations and industry.
Each contribution was carefully considered by the SCHER and where appropriate, the text of the Opinion has been modified or explanations have been added to take account of relevant comments. The reference list has been accordingly updated with relevant publications. The scientific rationale and the Opinion section were clarified and strengthened. In the cases where the SCHER, after consideration and discussion of the comments, has decided to maintain its initial views, the Opinion (or the section concerned) has remained unchanged.