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WECF pushes for stronger Toys Safety Directive

Slightly optimitic outcome of WECF press conference on toys safety at European Parliament this January

25.01.2012 |WECF

Following a press conference and toys test on-site in the European Parliament organised by Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF) end of January, WECF says there are indications that political will is increasing to enhance the European Toys Safety Directive.

Despite the new Toys Safety Directive, many toys in the EU still contain a high concentration of hazardous chemicals such as phthalates, brominated flame retardants and heavy metals. Children in Europe are at risk of having retarded brain development or developing cancers later in life due to low-dose childhood exposure to hazardous substances, if the legislations on toys, pesticides, cosmetics and chemicals are not improved.

WECF reports that there are indications that the Danish EU presidency is interested in reviewing the Toys Safety Directive, and that the European Commission is planning to revise the limits for lead in toys.

WECF calls for toxic-free toys in Europe and highlights eight problems with the current Toys Safety Directive.

However, there are indications that political will is increasing to enhance the directive but still we see many problems regarding chemicals in toys as unfortunately we have not heard any new measures taken by the industry.

Wolfgang Doring testing toys at the European Parliament

Many toys in the EU still contain hazardous substances and the Toys Safety Directive still needs to be improved. Join the discussion about the possibilities how to phase out chemicals of concern that can be harmful to children’s health. Children are still not safe and consumers still have not sufficient information.

Taking part in the press conference were Michèle Rivasi, Member of European Parliament and Member of ITRE Commission, Wolfgang Döring, Biologist, Label Spiel Gut and Anne Barre, President of WECF France

Elisabeth Ruffinengo, WECF:, +33 450 49 97 38
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