The start of the holiday season, and (usually) warmer months, often sees children admitted to hospital with serious injuries resulting from falls from windows. Some of these falls prove fatal. Following research by ANEC, two European safety standards have been adopted to help prevent accidental falls from windows.

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Electric room heaters are set to be exempted from standard energy labelling requirements under controversial European Commission plans, thereby making it more difficult for consumers to uncover the staggeringly high energy consumption rates of these appliances.

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A significant number of notifications related to toys and to chemical risks has been revealed with today’s release of the 2012 RAPEX Annual Report. Despite the efforts of market surveillance authorities, this increase again shows that children in the EU are not receiving the protection they deserve. ANEC repeats its call to policy makers to strengthen chemical requirements for toys and adopt a coherent horizontal approach to chemicals in products.

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“Green single market for green growth”: neither good for consumers nor for manufacturers.

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Brussels, 14 March 2013 – A broad coalition of European organisations has come together to call on the European Commission to propose setting up a Pan-European Accident and Injury Data System . They are convinced that such a system would contribute to fewer accidents and injuries. Moreover, the cost of creating such a system would be more than offset by reductions in health care costs.

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