Stricter Limits on Toys in Germany

The German Federal Government has proceeded with legal action regarding the EU Toy Safety Directive (Directive 2009/48/EC) as a way to maintain their current limit values for lead, barium, arsenic, antimony, mercury and nitrosamines and nitrosable substances in toys.

The EU adopted a new directive on toys in 2009 that limited the values for heavy metals in toys. During the Council for this directive, Germany voted against this directive stating that the existing limit values in Germany for the above substances offered a higher level of protection than the new directive and sought approval from the Commission to continue to apply their current limitations.

Earlier this year, the President of the European Court of First Instance has allowed Germany to keep its national stricter values until a final decision has been made by the General Court.

Read the press statement from the court for more information.