PROSAFE issued a report highlighting that 20% of toys tested during the joint market surveillance action and sold in the EU market contain hazardous substances in levels which are higher than those established by EU legislative limits. High percentages of phthalates have been detected in plastic dolls, bath/squeezable toys and inflatable toys. These substance can damage the reproductive system and increase risk of asthma and cancer. Phthalate non-compliances are by far the most common chemical risk in toys but also other dangerous substances such as SCCPs — highly toxic to the aquatic environment and classified as a category 2 carcinogen – and BPA – substance that has toxic effects on human ability to reproduce – have been detected in tested toys.
UL supports toy manufacturers through chemical analysis and toxicological evaluations in order to launch safer children products on the market.