SOURCE: TUV Rheinland

TUV Rheinland

November 30, 2015 21:00 ET

TUV Rheinland Advises on Toy Safety for This Gift Giving Season

HONG KONG, CHINA--(Marketwired - Nov 30, 2015) - With the approaching Christmas seasons, TUV Rheinland, the world's leading provider of inspection, testing and certification services announces some toy safety standards to guide parents on purchasing their children dream toys during this holiday season.

The Rapid Exchange of Information System (RAPEX) is EU rapid alert system for unsafe consumer products and consumer protection. As of 20th November 2015, according to their weekly RAPEX alert notification, a total of 409 RAPEX notifications had been issued on toys from different EU countries. Out of this number, China received the most notification with a total of 368 notifications, followed by Spain with 81 notifications, Czech Republic with 40 notifications, and France with 34 notifications.

From among all the notifications on toys, chemical and choking are the top risks. There were a total of 178 notifications reported with chemical risks and 162 on choking hazards risks.

Di (2-etylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), restricted in all toys and childcare articles according to REACH Regulation, has become the major chemical risk in toys. There was a China-made plastic doll set that tested to have contain DEHP 54.1% by weight the highest amount measured from toys. This number far exceed the allowed phthalate limit in the EU which is only 0.1%.

TUV Rheinland advises parents to be make sure that the children's' toys are not small enough to constitute a choking hazard and that they cannot break apart into small dangerous pieces. Soft toys, dolls and toy guns that contain small parts must strictly adhere to requirements of the Toy Safety Directive and relevant regulations as small children may choke while putting small parts into in his or her mouth.

TUV Rheinland further advises that toys with bright colors might contain high lead or cadmium content. Second, soft plastic toys require high attention as they might contain a high level of phthalate which would interferes with the endocrine system.

Parents are further advised to check the safety certification. According to safety standards in most of the developed countries, all toys must acquire required safety certifications before they are sold in the market. Some toy manufacturers apply for the "Toy Proof" certification from TUV Rheinland, the world's leading provider of inspection, testing and certification services. Products with this kind of certifications are safer as compared to products featured with basic safety marks only.

Next TUV Rheinland advises that parents should pay close attention to safety warning labels on toys. Usually there is a leaflet or instruction for the users which tells consumers the presence of choking hazards and any items which may harm. Parents are advised to check the leaflet and read the instruction carefully before giving the toys to their kids.

Based on the tests carried out by TUV Rheinland toys from established reputable toy companies are safer. From their testing it is found that samples from large brand-name toy companies rarely have excessively high levels of hazardous substances.

Christmas is a season of gift-giving season that is full of pleasant surprises. Have a Safe, Healthy and Happy Christmas!

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About TUV Rheinland
An internationally renowned independent third-party testing, inspection and certification organization, TÜV Rheinland possesses over 140 years of experience, has service locations in 69 countries on 5 continents, employs over 19,300 people worldwide, and provides professional service support to clients around the world. TÜV Rheinland employs approximately 3,600 people in the Greater China region, offering testing and certification services such as industrial and renewable energy services, electrical and electronic product testing, telecom testing, fast-moving consumer products testing, ergonomics evaluation, mobility, railway safety, food safety, green solutions, carbon service, training & consulting and management system. TÜV Rheinland has long been synonymous with rigorous high-quality testing and certification services and for providing a variety of professional assessments from an impartial and independent perspective. We provide local companies with quality services and solutions that comply with safety, quality, and environmental-friendly requirements. www.tuv.com

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