WECF Deutschland

WECF France

WECF Nederland




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: elisabeth.ruffinengo@wecf.eu, +33 450 49 97 38
Célia Fontaine, Les Verts / ALE: celia.fontaine@europarl.europa.eu, +33 687 28 59 89

Related News

No country in the world completely protects its citizens against dangerous chemicals in products, says WECF’s executive director in Indian Consumer
Sascha Gabizon draws attention to hazardous chemicals that can be found all over the world and in the Indian market specifically.
11.07.2013 | WECF

WECF: More than 30,000 signatures to ‘Stop EDCs in toys’
On 9 April Women in Europe for a Common Future in France (WECF) delivered their petition "Stop endocrine disruptors in toys" signed by more than 30,000 people, to French Health and Environment Ministers

Rio+20 Side Event: "Protecting Our First Environment"
Protecting women’s health and future generations from harmful environmental impacts was the topic of the event organised by WECF, IPEN and members of the Women’s Major Group today at Barra Arena at the Rio+20 conference.
14.06.2012 | WECF news from Rio+20

Videos: Safe Toys for Safe Childhood
Watch videos on Toys Safety "Zdrave Igračke za Zdravo Detinjstvo"
01.12.2011 | WECF

Testing confirms that toys sold on the EU market still contain chemicals of concern
On November 10th and 16th, WECF organized 2 events in France and the Netherlands to raise awareness on chemicals of concern in toys
16.11.2011 | WECF Press Release