Webinar “Toxic Chemicals in Children’s Toys”

Wednesday December 16th 8:00-10:00 PM

Link to the record of the webinar.

***The webinar will be in English with German translation.***


  • Prof. Vânia Gomes Zuin, Natural Products Research Group, University of São Carlos, Brazil
  • Prof. Klaus Kümmerer, Institute for Sustainable Chemistry, University of Lüneburg
  • Tatiana Santos, Policy Manager for Chemicals & Nanotechnology at the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) (Presentation of Tatiana Santos)

The holiday season is just a week ahead and many parents want to find the perfect gift for their children. But toys can contain harmful substances that might not be declared on the packaging. This is why European safety standards and import inspections are so important.

In November 2019 the European Environmental Bureau (EEB) published a study that alone in 2019 248 different models of children’s toys (approximately millions of individual toys) had to be removed from the European market, as the thresholds for toxic chemical were far too high.

Prof. Vânia Gomes Zuin from the Natural Products Research Group at the University of São Carlos, Brazil recently published a study “Plasticized childhood – The impact of plastic toy advertising to children on their health and the environment”.

Prof. Klaus Kümmerer from the Sustainable Chemistry Research Group at the University of Lüneburg is working in the biodegradability of chemicals in the environment.

Together with these three experts Jutta Paulus MdEP will discuss the topic “Toxic Chemicals in Children’s Toys” and take into account recent studies and research results.