Dáil Éireann - Volume 638 - 26 September, 2007

Written Answers. - Health and Safety Regulations.

Deputy Shane McEnteeasked the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment the legislation that governs the marketing and use, classification, packaging and labelling of toys imported into Ireland; the resources available to ensure compliance with the legislation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20433/07]

  Deputy John McGuinness:The European Communities (Safety of Toys) Regulations (S.I. No. 32 of 1990) govern the marketing, classification and labeling of toys placed on the Irish market. These Regu[379] lations are enforced by the National Consumer Agency (NCA). The NCA has indicated that staff are constantly engaged on product safety duties, mainly related to issues associated with toy safety. The NCA may also call on further staff resources if required. The NCA is the designated Irish Authority for the operation of the RAPEX system which provides a rapid alert notification system amongst EU Member States in respect of potentially hazardous products including toys.The NCA recently published a booklet entitled ‘A Guide to Toy Safety’ which is also available on the NCA website.