Overall, around 145,000 tonnes of microplastics are estimated to be used in the EU each year. And 42,000 tonnes of these microplastics end up in the environment from products intentionally containing them. The largest contribution with up to 16,000 tonnes is made by granules from artificial turf pitches.
There are many directives and regulations that address product compliance. Still it is practically impossible to cover all risks for all consumer products. The solution is a broad-based legislation to fill possible gaps and to complement existing and future legislation.
UKCA marking is a similar provision as the CE marking, however applicable for UK laws and the UK market.
There will be a new regulation on the safety of toys. On July 28, the European Commission published a proposal. This proposal will be voted on in rounds by the European Parliament and the Council and is expected to be largely approved in the foreseeable future.
The importance of the document. Manufacturers have to make sure that their products comply with all applicable legislation. Once they have done this, they create and sign a document called an EU Declaration of Conformity (DoC) to underwrite that their product satisfies all applicable EU legislation.
It is more than fifteen years since the EU prohibited the sales of cigarette lighters that resemble objects that are attractive to children, these are also known as "novelty lighters”.
CMR substances are chemical substances (or mixtures) of specific concern due to the long term and serious effects that they may have on human health.
The toy safety directive 2009/48/EC (link) is one of the most important pieces of product legislation. Children do not yet have sufficient knowledge of risks and they are vulnerable. Adult sellers rely on the toy making industry for safe products. Unfortunately, the number of recalled toys remains (too) high.
Magnets attract themselves as well as people of all ages, especially children. Regrettably, enclosed in its attractiveness is also a lethal risk for products that contain small, strong magnets.
All small batteries are potentially dangerous to children who access them. Ingestion by young children increasingly causes injuries and tragic fatalities. A quick internet search on this topic will result in tragic stories from inconsolable, bewildered parents and horrific pictures of internal burns and the
Every product can be played with by a child, but when becomes a product a toy?
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