24 Feb, 2022

Parliament calls for strengthen rules surrounding Toy Safety

MEPs have asked for the Commission and member states to increase measures to ensure all toys within the EU market comply with the Toy Safety Directive (TSD).

This is in response to fears that manufacturers outside of the EU will sell potentially hazardous goods within the single market. These measures range from sale of toys and their composition.

MEPs called for all toys sold in the single market to comply with specific rules on chemicals, in particular endocrine disputers which should be banned as soon as they are identified. They requested that future revisions of the TSD allow for limit values of dangerous substances to be quickly adapted so to avoid differing national levels. With the rise of connected toys MEP’s for the integration of safety and security mechanisms, to prevent issues such as potential cyber threats to ensure the privacy and safety of children.

Regarding the sale of toys, MEPs stated that online marketplaces should take more responsibility in ensuring safety and compliance of those sold on their website. It called for member states to increase coordinated activity in market surveillance and to improve the detection of unsafe products. MEPs also  requested that the Commission explore the use of new tools such as e-labelling and AI to address this issue.

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