Answer given by Mr Breton on behalf of the European Commission
The surveillance of imports from third countries, including toys, is the responsibility of the Member States’ national authorities. Basing themselves on risk-related information exchanged across the EU, customs authorities carry out controls on products that enter the EU; they work in close coordination with market surveillance authorities to identify non-compliant or dangerous products.
Regulation (EU) 2019/1020 /1, applicable as of 16 July 2021, will strengthen controls at the external EU borders by facilitating cooperation between these authorities.
As highlighted in its answer to written question E-001221/2018, the Commission strives to coordinate and strengthen enforcement activities in the EU, including between customs and chemical inspectors. More than 4000 import controls on chemicals regulated by the REACH Regulation /2 are carried out annually, including on phthalates in toys, and intelligence on the subject is shared /3.
As the Commission pointed out in its answer to written question E-004210/2019, REACH restricts since July 2020 the placing on the market of all articles (with very few exceptions), including toys, that contain the phthalates DEHP, BBP, DBP or DIBP /4. This restriction was adopted following the assessment of all available evidence. REACH further restricts the phthalates DINP, DIDP and DNOP in toys and childcare articles /5.
/1 Regulation (EU) 2019/1020 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 June 2019 on market surveillance and compliance of products and amending Directive 2004/42/EC and Regulations (EC) No 765/2008 and (EU) No 305/2011. OJ L 169, 25.6.2019, p. 1.
/2 Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2006 concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals. OJ L OJ L 396 30.12.2006, p. 1.
/3 Pilot project on cooperation with customs in enforcement of REACH restrictions and CLP labelling https://echa.europa.eu/documents/10162/13555/customs2_project_report_en.pdf/5a2c3795-7ed9-5900-
/4 Commission Regulation (EU) 2018/2005 of 17 December 2018 amending Annex XVII to Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) as regards bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), dibutyl phthalate (DBP), benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP) and diisobutyl phthalate (DIBP). OJ L 322, 18.12.2018, p. 14.
/5 Entry 52 of Annex XVII to the REACH Regulation.
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