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The European Commission has asked its Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risks (Scher) to prepare a scientific opinion, estimating the amount of toy materials ingested by children. This should determine whether chemical migration limits, established under the EU toy safety Directive, need to be revised.


The current limits are based on a 2008 report by the Dutch National Institute of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). This derived them using an estimate of the daily ingestion of toy materials that was, the Commission says, “a rough estimate which needed further research”.


The committee has issued a call for any relevant information that could assist it in preparing the opinion. In particular, this would be data from exposure studies on the uptake of three types of toy material, which a child may ingest: dry, brittle, powder-like or pliable; liquid or sticky; and scraped-off.



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