Ensuring Europe's parents can rely on the safety of toys

18-12-2014

As consumers embark on the annual Christmas shopping spree they should be aware of the potential health or safety hazards for children that may be concealed in dangerous toys on the market. Toy safety is vital for consumers' trust in the European Union's toy industry – which currently generates about €5.8 billion per year. To protect children, the EU has the highest safety requirements worldwide, especially regarding the use of chemical substances. As a result, dangerous toys account for around 25% of all the products – from across the internal market – notified to the Commission under the RAPEX system, allowing their removal from the market.

As consumers embark on the annual Christmas shopping spree they should be aware of the potential health or safety hazards for children that may be concealed in dangerous toys on the market. Toy safety is vital for consumers' trust in the European Union's toy industry – which currently generates about €5.8 billion per year. To protect children, the EU has the highest safety requirements worldwide, especially regarding the use of chemical substances. As a result, dangerous toys account for around 25% of all the products – from across the internal market – notified to the Commission under the RAPEX system, allowing their removal from the market.