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Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Toys: It is important that the significance of Children’s play toys is recognized as modern European societies face various economic, social and environmental challenges. Children’s play toys have a vital role in this modern world. To improve the intellectual and physical growth in children toys are essential. We can even say that toys are the intimate friends of children. Many countries have implemented rigorous safety measures on toys as most of the children who play with these toys are under the age of 5. Compared to adults, children are more sensitive to chemicals and their bodies should never be exposed to hazardous chemicals or materials. Benefits of RoHS Services EU Toy Safety Directive: RoHS, an environmental directive, is independent from the EU Toy Safety Directive (2009/48/EC) and may be it would apply to all Electrical and Electronic Equipment, but EE toys are definitely included. In its recast, which is known as RoHS 2, the scope extends from toys with a primary electrical function (RoHS, Category 7) to all EE toys, including those whose electrical function is only secondary to the overall play value. For example, a cuddly toy that talks – its primary function as a cuddly toy was exempt by a guidance document from RoHS 1, but now it will fall under the scope of RoHS 2 because it is electrically powered to fulfil this intended function. Nitrosamines and nitrosatable substances shall be prohibited from use in toys that are intended to be used by children who are under the age of 36 months, or in other toys that are meant to be placed in the mouth if the migration of these substances are equal to or higher than 0.05 mg/kg and 1 mg/kg for nitrosamines and nitrosatable substances respectively. Although the overall level of compliance to RoHS in the EU is high, some of the product categories are problematic. According to all enforcement reports, the biggest problem is the presence of lead in imported electrical toys. In proportion to the Commission’s knowledge, the member states will control those activities that are focused on sold equipment and not on components, as the RoHS restrictions apply to the finished product. The Toy Industry Association supports and facilitates trade between the United States and the European Union. Mutual recognition could address most of the divergences in regulations that would burden companies who sell to both the markets while reinforcing consumer confidence that toys compliant with either standard can be trusted as safe for children. Moreover, establishing a strong regulatory cooperation agreement will ensure a joint U.S. – EU leadership in international regulations. This provides a basis for future trade agreements and also helps to provide a benchmark for the development of other standards pertaining to other countries.


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