Toys 4 - Fourth Project on Toys Chemical Risks

Posted in 2015

This is the 4th project undertaken by PROSAFE on toys, being the product group which showed the highest level of interest and priority. A number of 18 countries are taking part in the project and 240 toys are estimated to be tested during JA2015. Toys should be designed and manufactured in such a way that there are no risks of adverse effects on human health due to exposure to the chemical substances or mixtures of which the toys are composed or which they contain when the toys are used.

But, during the period between 2010 and mid-2015, there have been 485 plastic toy RAPEX notifications with risks related to chemicals and microbiological risks, out of a total of 2,500 toy notifications for the same period. This constitutes around 20% of all toy notifications for that period. toys
The Action will focus on phthalates, bisphenol A, short-chained chlorinated paraffins (SCCPs), PAHs and flame retardant chemicals inter alia, all these substances being known for or suspected to present long term carcinogenic, mutagenic or reprotoxic hazards to humans.

Objectives
• To build on the work undertaken during the previous activities on toys and thereby continue to increase the safety of products within this product category
• To detect dangerous toys on the marketplace and take action against them
• To update the priority-list for toys to be targeted in future joint actions.