Germany’s limits on heavy metals in toys allowed by European court 

May 16:  The General Court of the European Union held that Germany may provisionally continue to apply its existing limit values for certain heavy metals in toys. Germany v. Commission, General Court of the European Union, T-198/12 R.

As noted in today’s release [PDF 152 KB] issued by the EU General Court, the EU in 2009 adopted a directive establishing the limits for certain chemical substances (particularly heavy metals) in toys. Germany claimed that the limits under German law provided a greater level of protection than those in the new EU directive, and sought authorization to continue to apply its enhanced limits.

The European Commission in March 2012, approved the request, so that Germany could continue to apply the German limits for lead and barium in toys until July 2013, but rejected Germany’s application in relation to antimony, arsenic, and mercury.

The General Court, however, approved Germany's request to continue to apply its limits until the General Court’s final decision in the case.

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