10 years ago today: our push for safe toys in the European Parliament
Ten years ago, our german office advocated strongly for a complete ban of certain hazardous substances in toys. As a result, the European Parliament revised its EU toys Directive, becoming one of the world's most ambitious toys directive.
ChemicalWatch writes: "The European Commission has since described the toy safety Directive’s requirements as among the 'most ambitious worldwide'. Toys must comply with all applicable EU chemical legislation, including REACH, the restriction on heavy metals and compounds; and the compositional and labeling requirements of the EU cosmetic Directive. Nevertheless, the decade-long push for improved toy safety continues. The UK consumer group Which? said in July that children's 'slime' products, sold as toys in online stores, can contain levels of boron compounds exceeding EU safety limits. And the Finnish Safety and Chemicals Agency (Tukes) recently flagged that non-EU online stores are selling borax-containing toy slimes without the proper warning labels."
- Our statement on the EU Toys Directive (2008) (in german)
- What is REACH?
- How do I know if the toy is safe
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