A 234-page report issued by the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) advocates that, for some chemical elements, a certain percentage of the TDI (tolerable daily intake) should be allocated to exposure via toys. Focussing particularly on toys intended for children under 36 months of age and those intended to be put in the mouth, researchers presented “a risk based methodology that could be used to assess the safety of exposure to chemicals in toys”. Concise toxicological reviews, which considered children as a sensitive subgroup, were provided for around twenty elements (such as chromium, manganese and selenium).

[Van Engelen J.G.M. et al. (2008). Chemicals in toys. A general methodology for assessment of chemical safety of toys with a focus on elements. RIVM Report 320003001/2008 (available at http://www.rivm.nl/bibliotheek/rapporten/320003001.html).] {181604}

The above item was taken from the May 2009 issue of Toxicology and Regulatory News which is sent automatically to members of bibra (click here for more details).

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