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European Union Publishes Latest Toy Material Ingestion Limits

May 13, 2016

The European Commission's (EC) Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risks (SCHER) has released its final scientific opinion regarding the appropriateness of current estimates of the amount of toy materials ingested by children.

The estimated ingestion amounts are:

  • 100 milligrams per day (mg/d) of dry, brittle, powder-like or pliable toy material;
  • 400 mg/d of liquid or sticky toy material; and
  • 8 mg/d of scraped off toy material.

These estimates, based on a 2008 report by the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), determine whether chemical migration limits, established under the EU toy safety Directive, need to be revised. SCHER considers these amounts to be appropriate and supports continuing their classification of as daily rather than weekly.

The opinion was published on April 8, 2016.