Plasticizer prohibited in children's toys

EU Parliament decrees permanent ban on six phthalates

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In the future, toys may no longer contain plastic softeners that are harmful to children. That's what the European Parliament has decided. This will soon convert the previously provisional one into a permanent ban on phthalates in toys and baby articles.

So far, there has been a ban on the use of plasticisers in toys for children under the age of three. The EU Parliament's decision completely bans the use of three specific phthalates (DEHP, DBP and BBP) in all toys and baby articles. These substances were classified as "carcinogenic, mutagenic, toxic for reproduction" in the risk assessment of the European Commission.

For the phthalates DINP, DIDP and DNOP, which are also used as softeners in children's toys, there were different results in the risk assessment. Here, the differences in the assessment of "toxic" to "harmless" on the one hand in the amount of phthalates used in the product and on the other hand, in the calculation of the residence time of the toy in the mouth of children. To eliminate any risk, DINP, DIDP and DNOP are prohibited in toys and baby products for children under the age of three who can be put into their mouths.

Markos Kyprianou, European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection, said: "European citizens expect all products sold on the EU internal market to be safe, but especially toys and baby products. Toxic chemicals do not belong in children's toys. Our phthalate action shows that the EU can act effectively when needed to protect the health of European children. "

However, Werner Preusker, Managing Director of the PVC and Environment Working Group in Bonn, points out that the new legislation bans only six specific phthalates for toys that can be put into the mouth. All other softeners and other items such as water wings, rain boots or paddling pools are not affected by the scheme. display

The European Commission will now draw up a paper containing guidelines for the implementation of the Directive, together with experts from the Member States and interested parties. In particular, it deals with substances in toys and childcare articles for children under the age of three, as far as toys are concerned, that can be put into their mouths.

(EU Commission, 06.07.2005 - NPO)