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ANSES | Improvements in the regulation of hazardous substances in school supplies

In an expert appraisal published today, ANSES highlights the presence of several classes of hazardous chemicals in supplies – pens, glue, pencils, correction tape, notebooks – used at school, home, and the office. In order to protect the health of consumers, especially that of children, the Agency stresses the need to review the regulations and step up the monitoring of products.

Identification of several chemicals of concern, including phthalates, fragrances, formaldehyde, and dyes

Several studies undertaken by ADEME, the Danish EPA, and the French consumer organisations 60 Millions de Consommateurs and UFC Que Choisir have found that various chemicals are contained in or emitted by school and office supplies. Since these products are used on a daily basis, especially by children, the Agency decided to conduct a review of current knowledge on the topic.

Based on the available scientific literature and exchanges with consumer associations and trade federations of manufacturers and distributors, the Agency indicates that the most commonly identified classes of chemicals are as follows:



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