European Parliament wants to make toys safer
While toys on the European market are considered the safest in the world, occasional dangerous items can slip into the mix. Therefore, the European Parliament is seeking to tighten existing rules, such as expanding the prohibition on the use of hazardous substances.
The proposal comes from the European Commission. The relevant committee in the European Parliament - Internal Market and Consumer Protection - unanimously approved the proposal on Tuesday.
The use of chemicals that are carcinogenic, can mutilate genetic material or can affect reproduction remains prohibited, but chemicals that can disrupt endocrine systems or pose a risk to the respiratory tract or certain organs are now being added to that list.
Additionally, each toy will be required to have a digital product passport to facilitate inspections by customs and regulatory authorities. This is particularly aimed at enhancing the safety of toys bought online and imported from outside Europe.
The plenary session of the Parliament will soon vote on the proposal. The Council, representing the member states, has not yet expressed its opinion. MEPs hope to resume discussions on the matter after the elections, during the next legislative term.
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