Same Rules Required for German Market Says ECJ

Toy Industries of Europe (TIE) welcomes the final judgement of the General Court of the European Union (ECJ) confirming that the Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC guarantees the safety of toys in the EU.

In the final judgement issued today, the ECJ rejects the German government’s request to maintain old limits for certain substances in its implementation of the Toy Safety Directive (TSD).

This decision is based on the fact that Germany has not been able to provide evidence that a higher level of protection for public health would be provided by imposing these different requirements.

The Director General of Toy Industries of Europe (TIE), Catherine Van Reeth, commented: “We are glad to see confirmed that the Toy Safety Directive guarantees the safety of toys in the EU. Safety is the primary concern of our members.” She added: “Separate rules for Germany would distort trade in the EU and would not bring added safety to German children.”

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