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19/08/2015

Did you know that the EU does not ban children from playing with toys such as magnets, crayons, party whistles, and balloons?

The myth that the EU wants to ban children from playing with toys such as magnets, crayons, party whistles, and balloons, pops up every now and then.

Such myths have no basis in reality, as the EU does not forbid children to play with toys. 

The Union has, however, coordinated safety regulations for toys sold in toys stores. These rules also apply in Iceland.  These regulations apply to producers, importers, and distributers who are responsible for fulfilling EU’s safety standards so that they do not jeopardize the safety or health of the users.


To guarantee this, the Union has implemented a safety standard for the maximum strength of magnets in toys, and balloons made of latex are specifically marked as such. Crayons and party whistles, however, are only subjected to the more general rules of the directive.

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