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Monday February 21, 2022

EU Toy Safety Updates Take Another Early Step Forward

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Members of the European Parliament February 16 voted 688-6-1 to approve a report on ways to update the Toy Safety Directive. This is a relatively early step in the process towards that goal. Issues at the front of those being targeted involve:

  • Chemicals: Processes would facilitate quick banning of newly identified endocrine disrupters. Similarly, limit value changes would be faster. For chemicals, a distinction between toys intended for children under 36 months and those older would disappear.

  • Surveillance: New technologies like e-labelling and artificial intelligence would get consideration as tools for identifying unsafe products.

  • Connected Toys: Rulemaking would address safety and security threats.

  • E-Commerce: Platforms' duties would become explicit.

The 2021 report ( passed the Internal Market and Consumer Protection committee in December (PSL, 12/21/21). It also includes suggestions about labeling (allergens, durability), sustainability, grey-zone (toy-like) products, and incident data collection.