- July 10, 2022
KEMI | Enforcement 6/22: Toys 2021
This report describes an enforcement project on chemical risks with toys and it is one of the efforts made in the work to ensure that goods are non-toxic from the beginning. The focus of the project has been to control toys sold via e-commerce, both through so-called marketplaces that mediate goods directly from companies outside the EU and toys sold directly by European companies.
During 2021, the Swedish Chemicals Agency has controlled 63 toys, 30 toys made of soft
plastic and 32 electrical toys. Experience from previous market surveillance has shown that
these materials and types of toys may contain dangerous and restricted substances. Some of
the toys controlled in this project is part of two EU joint actions in the Coordinated Activities
on the Safety of Products3
(CASP). We bought the plastic toys through online marketplaces
from sellers based mostly outside the EU. Most of the electrical toys, we bought from
Swedish or EB-based companies.
Six of the plastic toys and 19 of the electrical toys contained restricted substances in
concentrations above limit values. The plastic toys contained phthalates, cadmium and
organic tin. The electrical toys contained lead and cadmium in solder and phthalates and
short-chained chlorinated paraffins (SCCPs) in soft plastic parts.
The controls in this project have shown that there are toys containing restricted substances
above limit values on the Swedish market. These substances may pose health risks to children
and may also pose a risk to the environment when the toys become waste. Most of the
companies voluntary stopped the sale of most of the toys with too high concentrations of
restricted substances. The exception is one marketplace that did not respond to our message
and that continues to sell the toys
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