PROSAFE has coordinated various specific market surveillance activities dealing with toy safety within the European Economic Area, co-funded by the European Union. In view of the importance of this sector, PROSAFE has engaged to coordinate a new joint market surveillance activity on toys every year as from 2014 onwards.
TOYS 1 was a project which started at the end of 2008 and finished in 2011. It mainly dealt with toys intended for children under 3 years of age. 15 authorities from 13 Member States took part in this activity, with the main focus being small parts in toys and migration of heavy metals.
TOYS 2 is part of a larger project called JA2013. Again the main focus of this activity has been on toys intended for children under 3 years of age, with special attention on small parts, migration of heavy metals and phthalates. It started in February 2014 and will finish by around end of 2015.
TOYS 3 – Acoustic toys is the main focus of this third market surveillance activity on toys and is also part of a larger project coordinated by PROSAFE called JA2014. Testing will take place in line with the latest amendment in acoustic testing as per European Standard EN71-1:2011+A2:2013. It started in July 2015 and will finish in around two years’ time.
- plastic dolls
- inflatable toys
- plastic books and
- bath toys & squeezable toys
The toys will mainly be analyzed for the following chemicals: Phthalates, Short Chain Chlorinated Paraffin (SCCP), Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons(PAH), Bisphenol A (BPA) and migration of lead, cadmium and organic tin in line with EN 71-3:2013. The project will end around the first quarter of 2018.
E-Learning on TOYS – A special e-Learning module on toys has been developed by PROSAFE. This gives a good overview of the Toys Safety Directive 2009/48/EC - with particular attention to toy safety and market surveillance. All e-Learning modules, including one on risk assessment, are freely available. For further information click here.