EU boosts toy safety with digital product passport

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    The European Parliament wants to establish new, stricter rules to guarantee the safety of toys distributed on its territory. To do this, each toy sold in the European Union must have a digital product passport. It will guarantee consumers better access to information regarding the composition and danger of toys.

    These new rules aim to reduce the number of dangerous products sold within the European Union to protect children from possible risks. Parliament has approved the review of EU toy safety standards. The voted text responds to a series of new issues, in particular regarding digital toys and online shopping. It reinforces the ban on certain chemicals considered carcinogenic, mutagenic or even toxic to reproduction present in certain toys. The latter should also not contain perfluorinated and polyfluorinated alkaline substances.

    For their part, toys that integrate digital elements, which are increasingly numerous on the market, must respect safety standards, but also confidentiality, from their design. As for those equipped with artificial intelligence, they will have to comply with the new European law on AI, in particular by guaranteeing the protection of personal data.

    Therefore, every toy sold in the EU must have a digital product passport. It will replace the current European declaration of conformity. This passport will aim to improve the traceability of toys and should make customs inspections simpler and much more efficient. Thanks to it, consumers will also have easy access to information related to the safety and warnings of each product, through a QR code to scan.

    The final text must be presented again to parliamentarians for voting later this year.

    According to EU Safety Gate, which aims to provide rapid alerts about dangerous non-food products on the European market, almost one in four reported products was a toy in 2022.

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