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TIE adds voice to concerns about reform of dual distribution rules

In a letter to Commissioner Vestager, TIE has joined with six associations to voice concerns about the negative impact of EU plans to reform the current block exemption on dual distribution. The group – which represents a range of consumer goods associations – highlight that removing the exemption “would have serious adverse consequences for the competitiveness […]

TIE calls for swift ratification of EU-Mercosur trade agreement

The Agreement will provide new export opportunities for European toy makers. European toy manufacturers export for more than €20 million of toys per year to the four Mercosur members (Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay). The agreement would do away with most of the import tariffs of the Mercosur countries which are among the highest in […]

TIE Response to EP Draft Report on TSD Evaluation

Thanks to the EU’s world class toy safety rules, children throughout Europe can enjoy playing safely. Ensuring toys are safe for children to play with is important. Play is recognised as a right of every child by the United Nations, and has innumerable benefits on children’s health, well-being and development. This is why it is […]

Changes to Aniline Limit Values

Today’s changes to the limit value for aniline is a clear example of how the Toy Safety Directive is flexible and can easily adapt to new decisions. Parents can rest assured: the ‘new’ limits for finger paints are the same as those reputable manufacturers have been adhering to since 2014, in compliance with the EN […]

World Play Day: Celebrating the Power of Play in the Pandemic

This World Play Day, we want to take a moment to reflect on how the magic and power of play has helped children deal with the COVID-19 crisis over the last twelve months. A child turning four in 2021 will have spent one quarter of their lives under some form of confinement measures. Like children […]

Goodbye to a true children’s superhero

We were saddened to hear that Dr David Whitebread has recently passed away. He was an inspirational and passionate advocate for children and the serious importance of play in their lives. We had the privilege of collaborating with David on several occasions, most recently as a member of the jury of the Play for Change […]

Thirty Years of Supporting Safe Play

1991 was an exceptional year: The Cold War ended, Disney’s first Beauty and the Beast film was released and the World Wide Web was created. But, the most exciting development surely has to be the foundations being laid for the birth of Toy Industries of Europe (TIE)! Laying the Foundations Thirty years ago, toy makers […]