EC proposes toy measures

European Commission to propose mandatory testing on toys.
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The proposals were made during a debate at the European Parliament yesterday and will be presented in December.

'I would like to see the mandatory certification of certain types of toys,' said European industry commissioner Guenter Verheugen.

Verheugen remained vague on which items would be subject to tests but gave as an example toys containing micro-chips.

According to the European consumers' organisation Beuc, experts have been examining possible revisions to the rules on toy safety for over two years, including beefing up controls on those toys deemed to pose special risks.

Of particular interest have been the chemicals contained in such things as hand paints and make-up, and small magnets that could become detached and be swallowed.

The Commision says it would also like to improve the 'CE' labelling system for EU goods.

MEPs urged in a resolution that the commission give more credibility to the CE marque and reinforce market surveillance, with sanctions available for those who break the rules.

The MEPs are also set to call for consideration of a new security label for the consumer.

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