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European Parliament Votes to Ban Harmful Chemicals in Toys, Enhancing Child Safety

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The European Parliament recently passed a significant amendment to the EU Toy Safety Regulation, aimed at bolstering the protection of children's health. This amendment, which received overwhelming support with 603 MEPs in favor, 5 against, and 15 abstentions, seeks to eliminate harmful endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) from toys. EDCs are substances linked to various health issues, including disrupted development and learning in children, as well as diabetes, obesity, and early puberty. The revision notably includes a ban on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and bisphenols, which are known for their persistence and bioaccumulation, posing long-term risks to health and the environment.

This move has been lauded by the EDC-Free Europe coalition as a critical measure to safeguard children from exposure to health-damaging chemicals commonly found in toys across the EU. By extending the regulation to cover a wider range of harmful chemicals, the amendment represents a proactive approach to child health protection.

Looking ahead, the proposal's adoption sets the stage for further action by the Council, which will formulate its position. The legislation's progress will be monitored by the newly elected European Parliament after the June 2024 EU elections. Advocates from the EDC-Free Europe coalition are urging for the regulation's expedited finalization and enactment to ensure a healthier future for Europe's children.



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