Monday March 14, 2016
EU Two-Year Toy Surveillance Project Generates 11 Lessons
ProSafe's recent report on its two-year toy surveillance project identified eleven lessons. However, the group cautioned that the results of the excise do not represent a statistically valid picture of EU markets because work involved surveillance professionals seeking out units they deemed likely to be noncompliant or unsafe. The focus was on toys intended for children under age 3.
The effort – running in calendar years 2014 and 2015 – occurred in Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Greece, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, and Portugal. Inspectors targeted 312 market operators: nine manufacturers, 82 importers, and 221 distributors. Of some 1,850 samples, 604 received tests, mostly for mechanical/physical and chemicals provisions of the EN 71 toy standard.
About 40% of the 604 tested items had labeling problems and 23% had language issues. Meanwhile, testing subsets targeted three issues (some items got more than one test):
The eleven lessons cited in the report included:
The report is at bit.ly/1pcYpYO.