2008 News Archives


18/12/2008 - Update from the European Child Safety Alliance

WHO and UNICEF to launch Child Injury Reports

18/12/2008 - Big fall in child injuries following new car seat laws

The number of children under 12 injured in car accidents in Great Britain fell by more than 1,000 in the first full year since the introduction of the new car seat law, according to figures recently released.

18/12/2008 - City for children European award

If your city is running an exemplary child and youth-friendly project, then participate in the European Award of Excellence "City for Children", granted for the first year ever by the European "Cities for Children" network.

09/12/2008 - World, European and 'child-friendly' child injury reports launched on 10-12-08

Children living in European countries experience some of the highest and lowest rates of child injury in the world

11/11/2008 - MEPs vote to tighten rules on toy safety

Stricter rules on toys imports from China, as well as bans on dangerous substances such a mercury or lead in the composition of toys allowed on the EU market could soon apply after an unanimous vote on Thursday in the European Parliament's internal market committee.

06/11/2008 - European Parliament backs stricter rules on toys

Assembly wants manufacturers to provide risk dossier and adds to the list of unwanted components.

06/09/2008 - Launch German exhibition 'Children in the house?!'

Safe Kids Germany/BAG Mehr Sicherheit für Kinder e.V. launched a new exhibition "Children in the House!?" on a fair in Berlin. It is presented as an oversized flat in an illustrated house with typical dangers from a child's perspective.

11/08/2008 - Ministerial Declaration on Violence and Injury Prevention

On March 14 2008 the Ministers of Health of the Americas adopted a Ministerial Declaration on Violence and Injury Prevention in the city of Merida, Yucatán, Mexico.

11/08/2008 - £500,000 scholarship to save lives and reduce injuries

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents in the UK and British Nuclear Fuels (BNFL) recently announced a major, new, long-term scholarship scheme for students to undertake research aimed at saving lives and reducing injuries.

30/07/2008 - Child Safety Action Plan Initiative continues...

Following the success of the first phase of the initiative from July 2004 to March 2007, the European Commission has provided co-funding for all remaining eligible EU Member States and candidate countries to participate in developing national child safety action plans and the original 18 are back along with Cyprus to continue with their own plan development and implementation and to share their experiences with new countries.

29/07/2008 - Alliance Spring Steering Committee meeting

The European Child Safety Alliance Spring Steering Committee meeting was hosted by the Icelandic Safety House in Reykjavik Iceland on June 5 and 6 with participants from more than 20 Countries.

23/07/2008 - FOCUS on safety of services: water recreation and children

This summer on July 14, the European Child Safety Alliance, EuroSafe, and the European Commission will release a new resource titled "Protecting children and youths in water recreation: safety guidelines for service providers.

14/07/2008 - New water safety guidelines launched

The European Child Safety Alliance and EuroSafe today launched a document entitled "Protecting children and youth in water recreation: safety guidelines for service providers" in cooperation with Commissioner of Consumers, Meglena Kuneva, and Chair of the Internal Market and Consumers Protection Committee, Arlene McCarthy.

07/07/2008 - Letter to the European Parliament on the toy safety directive

On the 20 of June the European Child Safety Alliance sent a letter to the Members of the Internal Market Committee of the European Parliament

14/05/2008 - Making a smarter crash test dummy

While seat belts save lives, the straps can unintentionally maim and even kill young children in crashes.

14/05/2008 - Government working with experts to improve child safety

The Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry is leading a government effort to prevent accidents in which children could be seriously hurt. The ministry and other organizations are collecting detailed information from hospitals and other sources about accidents that involved children.

08/05/2008 - 46 businesses and NGOs take action to curb alcohol abuse in Europe

EU Commissioner for Health, Androulla Vassiliou welcomed the commitments made by 46 businesses and non-governmental organisations to curb alcohol abuse at the European Alcohol and Health Forum in Brussels, today. This initiative brings together stakeholders to commit to concrete actions. To date, the forum has received a total of 78 commitments from companies and health groups ranging from midwives and doctors associations, European temperance societies, public health NGOs to Heineken International, Bacardi-Martini and Moët Hennessy to retailers including the Delhaize group and Ahold N.V..

08/05/2008 - EU requires "magnetic toys" to carry a warning label

Toys containing magnets look set to carry a mandatory warning label across the EU, under a Commission proposal approved by Member States in the General Product Safety Directive (GPSD) Committee today.

22/04/2008 - Announcement of High level conference on mental health, Brussels, 13 June 2008

The European Commission is organising an "EU High-Level Conference on Mental Health". This will take place on the 13 June 2008 in Brussels. This high-level event will be hosted by European Commissioner for Health, Ms Androulla Vassiliou, and she is preparing it with her colleague Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, Mr Vladimír Špidla. The President of the European Commission, Dr José Manuel Barroso, expressed his wish to participate in the event. The conference will be a follow-up to the consultation on the Commission's Green Paper on Mental Health of 2005.

16/04/2008 - EU and US team up on Chinese toys

The EU and the United States have agreed to work closely to persuade Chinese toy-makers to improve the safety of their products.

15/04/2008 - Successes for the European Child Safety Alliance

at the 9th World Conference for Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion, Merida, Mexico, March 14 - 18, 2008

07/04/2008 - Health reporting on accidents in Bavaria

The Bavarian Health and Food Safety Authority has recently published a short report, ‘Health monitor Bavaria 1/2008 – Accidents in Bavaria'. The short report is the first of its kind in Germany as it gives an overview of the entire range of accidents in Bavaria as well as at the national level.

07/04/2008 - Increased support for European Alcohol and Health Forum

A second series of commitments aimed at reducing alcohol-related harm has been put forward by the members of the European Alcohol and Health Forum.

07/04/2008 - Conference looks to the future of water safety

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents in the UK held a National Water Safety Congress called "Information into Education - Looking to the Future" in Bristol on March 3-4, 2008.

19/03/2008 - European ban on non child-resistant lighters

Since Tuesday 11th March the non child-resistant lighters will no longer be available on the market

17/03/2008 - Moving forward with CSAP

The launch of the Child Safety Report Cards, part of the Child Safety Action Plan project carried out by the European Child Safety Alliance, on November 20, 2007 in Brussels was a huge success. The launch included parallel launches in 14 countries and generated interest in the media nationally and at the European level. It has resulted in a closer working relationship with MEP Arlene McCarthy's office and the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee she chairs and for countries increased interest and awareness as they move forward with their action planning.

17/03/2008 - European Commission unveils proposal for a new Directive on safe toys

On 25 January, the European Commission issued a proposal for a Directive on the safety of toys. The new legislation aims to replace and modernise the Toys Directive introduced on 3 May 1988 in the light of new product development and improvements in scientific knowledge of chemical substances.

17/03/2008 - New water safety resources

The European Child Safety Alliance is pleased to announce it will release two new water safety resources this spring. The first is "Protecting children and youths in water recreation: safety guidelines for service providers." The target of these guidelines is water recreation service providers across Europe, with particular focus on the tourism sector, and the aim is to help providers of recreation services identify hazards and minimise risks to children through safe practices.

12/03/2008 - Chemicals Health Monitor website: Your on-line source of information about chemicals and diseases

HEAL, the Health and Environment Alliance, has launched a new website offering information on chemicals and dieseases. Information on chemicals used in toys, playground equipment and products and, in general, all chemical-related poisonings may also be available.

11/03/2008 - Magnets in Toys: a Commission Decision

On 28 February, a draft Commission Decision was endorsed by EU Member States represented in the General Product Safety Directive (GPSD) Committee, requiring that magnetic toys placed or made available on the market, display a warning about the health and safety risks they pose.

07/02/2008 - REMINDER: Please register online for the 9th World Conference please before 15 February 2008!!


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