The objective of the project was to assess the existing practises and activities undertaken by different economic operators to ensure toy safety throughout the supply chain.
Sanda Stefanovic of SGS was a member of the ad hoc expert group established by the European Commission and consisting of representatives of the main stakeholders such as manufacturers, retailers, test laboratories, consumers and member States’ authorities, for the evaluation of business safety measures in the toy supply chain.
What are key conclusions of the final report?
The report highlights that product safety can not be guaranteed only by final product testing, but that it has to be embedded in the entire product development and product process.
A major concern is the perceived complexity of the European harmonised toy safety standards. There are some interpretation and compliance problems.
There are also a number of other issues that need to be addressed including the quality of technical files, product traceability and recall management.
Therefore the report recommends education and training of internal buyers and external suppliers if toys regarding the applicable rules in the EU.
Chinese enforcement authorities should continue to strengthen the supervision efforts vis-à-vis the Chinese toy industry.
All economic operators should ensure the traceability of products and components in the supply chain.
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- Comprehensive testing services
- Regulatory compliance
- Design evaluation
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- Training seminars and workshops
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