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Nickel Institute : German Risk Assessment on Nickel in Toys Published

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09/18/2012 | 04:24am EDT
Nickel Institute > Media Centre > > German Risk Assessment on Nickel in Toys Published

September 18, 2012 - 

BRUSSELS, Belgium - 18 September 2012 - The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) published an updated Opinion (No. 010/2012 dated 11 April 2012) on 'Contact allergens in toys: Health assessment of nickel and fragrances'. The Nickel Institute published a  Position Paper in response to the BfR Opinion.

The BfR is of the opinion that the limit for nickel release specified in the REACH regulation (1907/2006/EC) should also apply to toys consisting of metal alloys and which come into direct and intensive contact with the skin for extended periods of time.

The Nickel Institute does not support the use of nickel-containing materials with release rates above the limit set at EU level in prolonged and direct skin contact in any application, including toys.

The Nickel Institute is confident that the existing European regulatory framework provides sufficient protection to avoid people including children becoming sensitised to nickel. The Nickel Institute is concerned that there may be a lack of knowledge among certain parts of the value chain as demonstrated by cases where materials with relevant nickel release rates find application in products such as toys which come into prolonged and direct skin contact. The Nickel Institute is committed to providing information on the safe use of nickel across the value chain.

Dr Kevin Bradley, Nickel Institute President, said, "We welcome the interest of the German regulator in the use of nickel in toys. We are confident that the European regulatory framework is adequate as it relates to allergies and exposure for the public. As an industry, we are working with the value chain to help promote understanding of the regulations, particularly with SMEs."

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Kathryn Sheridan
ks@sustainabilityconsult.com
Phone: +32 496 116198 (Europe) / (202) 470 3239 (North America)

The Nickel Institute is a nonprofit organisation that represents the interests of 28 companies which together produce more than 75% of the world's annual nickel output. We promote on behalf of our members the production, use and re-use (through recycling) of nickel in a socially and environmentally responsible manner. The Nickel Institute was established in 2004, following the merger of the Nickel Development Institute (NiDI) and the Nickel Producers Environmental Research Association (NiPERA). For more information, see http://www.nickelinstitute.org.

The Nickel Institute is the organization representing the world's leading and emerging producers of nickel. For more about the Nickel Institute

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