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Counterfeit toys worth over €19 million detained at EU borders

Counterfeit toys with a domestic retail value (had they been genuine) of €19,520,878 were seized by customs at the EU’s external borders in 2012. Toys (excluding games/electronic games) accounted for 4.10% of all articles (1,637,941) detained in 2012 due to suspected intellectual property rights (IPR) infringement. These figures were published today in the European Commission’s […]

Final part of new Toy Safety Directive enters into force

The second part of the Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC, which covers chemical requirements, enters into force today, 20 July 2013. The first part of the Directive, which covered mechanical and physical properties of toys, came into force on 20 July 2011. With this final chapter, EU toy safety legislation, which already contained some of the […]

European Commission’s RAPEX product notification system highlights the importance of effective market surveillance

The European Union’s rapid alert system for dangerous consumer products (RAPEX) stopped many substandard products from reaching European consumers last year, according to a report released by the European Commission today. As reputable toy manufacturers, members of Toy Industries of Europe (TIE) welcome the high level of attention authorities pay to toys. For us, safety […]

TIE webinar on the chemical safety assessment under the Toy Safety Directive

TIE is hosting a webinar (online seminar) on Thursday, 23 May, from 16.00 to 17.00 (CEST), which will focus on the chemical safety assessment under the Toy Safety Directive. Christian Wetterberg, Director External Relations and Corporate Affairs at Lego, will present this webinar. He will explain the new requirements and will give guidance on how […]

TIE supports call for a suitable EU-wide injury data system

Data published by EuroSafe this week in its report on ‘Injuries in the EU’ has once again shown that an adequate injury data system is lacking in Europe. The European data currently available is neither accurate nor complete and therefore does not provide any meaningful conclusions. For example, there is no information about what causes […]

Toy sales in main European markets down in 2012

Sales of traditional toys in the industry’s five largest European markets (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK) dropped 2% in 2012, according to the latest data published by the NPD Group. This was the first time the combined sales dropped in eight years.NPD links this decline to the lower contribution made by new toy […]