The European Commission has proposed a new Toys Directive that introduces more stringent safety requirements. The proposal aims to place more responsibility on manufacturers and importers for introducing safe toys onto the EU market and seeks to increase the Member States’ market surveillance obligations. The proposal includes a ban on the use of allergenic fragrances and chemical substances that are believed to cause cancer, and also a reduction in the legal limits of dangerous substances such as lead and mercury. Toy manufacturers would be obliged to provide technical information on their products to facilitate control by the national authorities. Member States would also be obliged to strengthen controls and impose dissuasive penalties. The proposed Directive will now be discussed in the European Parliament and Council under the co-decision procedure.