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The EU Is Nicking British Kids’ Toys And Bursting Their Balloons – Say Daily Mail And Telegraph

by | 10th, October 2011

SCARE Story of The Day: The EU are nicking British kids’ toys and bursting their balloons:

The Daily Mail tells readers:

Brussels bans toys: Party blowers and other stocking fillers are barred in EU safety edict

Thanks to the EU “Prices of toys will also go up for Christmas”

Kate Loveys writes:

Christmas stockings look likely to be a little lighter this year because of a new EU edict  on toy safety. Many traditional filler toys are being banned because they do not conform to tough regulations imposed by Brussels. Party blowers, magnetic fishing games, toy lipsticks, whistles and recorders are among the favourites deemed too dangerous.

She speaks of the Toy Safety Directive, published in 2009. And none of the examples she gives of toys banned are specifically mentioned in it. The EU missive aims to make the CE marks one of quality and :

▪ It substantially amends the old Directive across virtually all safety aspects.
▪ It fulfils to the highest level the newest health and safety standards.
▪ It improves the existing rules for the marketing of toys that are produced in and imported into the EU in view to reducing toy related accidents and achieving long-term health benefits.
It’s a bit odd that the Mail, a paper that laments news ways to die in tragic accidents should be upset at improved safey standards for the kiddie-winkies?

Directive 2009/48/EC applies to toys defined as “products designed or intended, whether or not exclusively, for use in play by children under 14 years of age”.
It foresees 19 products not to be considered as toys within the meaning of the Directive and 5 toys the Directive is not applying to (for example, toy steam engines, slings…etc.).

This new Directive came into force on 20 July 2009, and will become a legal document in all Member States once it has been implemented into national legislation (by 20 January 2011).

The Member States must begin applying the new measures from 20 of July 2011, except for annex II part III (chemical requirements).
The new Directive brings in particular more references on chemicals by limiting the amounts of certain chemicals that may be contained in materials used for toys.

Chemicals that are susceptible to provoke cancer, change genetic information or harm reproduction, so-called CMR (Carcinogenic, Mutagenic or toxic for Reproduction) substances, are no longer allowed in accessible parts of toys.

And this is bad news?

For certain substances like nickel tolerable limit values have been introduced and certain heavy metals which are particularly toxic, like lead, may no longer be intentionally used in those parts of toys that are accessible to children.

Allergenic fragrances are either completely forbidden, if they have a strong allergenic potential, or have to be labeled on the toy if they are potentially allergenic for some consumers.

Again, this sounds good, no?

But Loveys is upset:

Under the rules, children under the age of eight are no longer allowed to blow up balloons, if they are unsupervised. All teddies and soft toys for children under three must be washable to prevent the spread of disease and infection – and limits have been imposed on how noisy toys, including babies’ rattles, can be. Manufacturers are likely to be forced to increase their prices this Christmas to cover the cost of new tests demanded by the directive.

We took a look at the draconian EU directive. Highlights are:

Technological developments in the toys market have, however, raised new issues with respect to the safety of toys and have given rise to increased consumer concerns….

In order to protect children from the risk of impairment of hearing caused by sound-emitting toys, more stringent and comprehensive standards to limit the maximum values for both impulse noise and continuous noise emitted by toys should be established. It is therefore necessary to lay down a new essential safety requirement concerning the sound from such toys…

In order to allow toy manufacturers and other economic operators sufficient time to adapt to the requirements laid down by this Directive, it is necessary to provide for a transitional period of two years after the entry into force of this Directive during which toys which comply with Directive 88/378/EEC may be placed on the market. In the case of chemical requirements, this period should be set at four years so as to allow the development of the harmonised standards which are necessary for compliance with those requirements….

1. WhenaMemberStateortheCommissionconsidersthata harmonised standard does not entirely satisfy the requirements which it

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