Set with the difficult task of assessing the risk to children (particularly those under three years of age) from organic CMRs that may be present in toys, SCHER has considered exposure from ingestion, dermal absorption and inhalation to suggest, among its many recommendations, that the use of water to simulate migration into saliva, sweat and gastric juice is not appropriate. SCHER recommends that a risk-based approach should be applied, using information on concentrations in suitable simulants, frequency and duration of exposure, and absorption “to define appropriate exposure levels to be compared with health-based limit values”. It noted that CMR substances were not specifically considered when the European Standards for toy safety were established.

[Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risks (SCHER). Risk from organic CMR substances in toys. Adopted on 18 May 2010. The document can be downloaded at http://ec.europa.eu/health/scientific_committees/environmental_risks/docs/scher_o_121.pdf on the website of the Directorate-General for Health and Consumers.] {185364}

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