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European Commission

Press release

Brussels, 25 June 2014

Bisphenol A (BPA) strictly limited in toys

In its continuous strive to improve the safety of toys the European Commission has decided today to set a strict limit of 0.1 mg/l (migration limit) in toys for children up to the age of 3 years and in any toys intended to be placed in the mouth. The limit was taken from European Standard EN 71-9:2005+A1:2007, which is applied voluntarily by the European toy industry to control the content of BPA in toys. This has contributed to keeping the exposure of children to BPA from toys low in comparison to other non-food contributors such as cosmetics or dust, and far lower than the exposure from BPA in the diet according to the related report of the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA).

The complex health effects of BPA, including endocrine disrupting effects, are still under scientific evaluation at the EFSA and in other scientific fora. If relevant new scientific information becomes available through the ongoing scientific work, the limit that the Commission has now adopted would have to be reviewed.

Contacts :

Carlo Corazza (+32 2 295 17 52)

Sara Tironi (+32 2 299 04 03)

For the public: Europe Direct by phone 00 800 6 7 8 9 10 11 or by e­mail

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