European Union Has Adopted Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC

On the 27th of March 2017 the Official Journal of the European Union published the adoption of the Council Directive (EU) 2017/738 of 27 March 2017 amending, for the purpose of adapting to technical progress, Annex II to Directive 2009/48/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the safety of toys, as regards lead.

This Directive shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.

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The Directive is intended to provide a common standard for the safety of toys throughout the whole of the EEA. All toys which are sold within the EEA are required to meet the requirements of the Directive, and may be sold without any further local legal controls so long as they are legitimately CE marked.

The Toy Safety Directive has two main objectives: first, to ensure that toys used by children are safe and, secondly, to guarantee the smooth functioning of the internal market for toys.