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The European Commission and its Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks (SCHEER) published the Preliminary Opinion on the safety of the presence of cobalt in toys.
Interested parties are invited to submit comments on the scientific evidence online before 8 September 2022.
Why we are consulting
Following a request from the European Commission, the Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks (SCHEER) provided a Preliminary Opinion on the safety of the presence of cobalt in toys in light of the exposure identified, and in light of the classification of cobalt as carcinogenic category 1B, mutagenic category 2 and toxic for reproduction category 1B.
The Opinion answers the questions addressed in the terms of reference received by mandating Commission services, assessing the release of cobalt and potential exposure to different toys and toy materials.
To address the terms of reference of this Opinion, the SCHEER evaluated information on the use of cobalt in toys provided by the Toys Industries of Europe (TIE) as well as information retrieved from a literature search. In addition, literature provided by the working group members was considered. In its scientific work, the SCHEER relies on its Memorandum on Weight of Evidence (WoE).
In line with the Stakeholder Dialogue Procedures (Annex V to the Rules of Procedures of the Scientific Committees), the Scientific Committee is now seeking feedback from the scientific community and stakeholders on this Preliminary Opinion.
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The response period for this consultation has ended. Thank you for your input.