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European Toy Safety Directive

In 2011 when the Toy Safety Directive came into force it meant that all products, whether mass produced or handmade had to by law to have been tested in accordance with the Toy Safety Directive.

By definition a product that comes into scope is a toy or looks like a toy and has play value by children under the age of 14. All toys are required to be tested in accordance with the laid down procedures and display a CE logo on the label or packaging.

This is a legal requirement and if you sell toys in the UK and the EU that have not been tested you can be fined £5000 or even receive a prison sentence. Therefore;

If You Make To Sell, Test It As Well

If you are starting the CE handmade journey don’t despair there are others in the same boat. At first it appears a daunting task and is it worth it, with help and guidance it can be achieved and is rewarding when you can finally sell your toy and be proud to use the CE mark.

There is a wealth of information and the obvious starting point is to read the EN71 Toy Safety Regulations to give a basis of the requirements that you are going to apply to your product. EN71 is split into 14 parts but only EN71-1 (Torque and Tension Tests), EN71-2 (Flammability Test) and EN71-3 (Chemical Migration) are relevant to soft toys. As the manufacturer of your product you can self certify by completing the tests for EN71-1 and EN71-2 yourself; however, EN71-3 has to be completed by an approved testing laboratory. But don’t worry about EN71-3; with a bit of research some manufacturers will give you the certificates. All our products, at Tactile Treasures, have been tested to EN71-2 and EN71-3 as a minimum standard while some items like the teethers have also been tested for EN71-1. All our testing is undertaken by SGS (UK) Ltd who make sure all our products are tested in accordance with the EN71 standards.

With regards to EN71-3 the testing is rather expensive; however, help is at hand there are CE Support Groups on Facebook that you can join and they can be an invaluable source of information, advice, support and sells certificates to assist in completing your technical files. We are not endorsing any of them but they are there if you need them.

Before you can sell your wonderful and lovingly made toy you need to complete a series of tests to conform with the Toy Safety Directive EN71-1 and EN71-2. These results are then documented in your product technical file. Only then can you issue the Declaration of Conformity and place the CE logo on your product. Conformance are one of the leading company’s dealing with CE marking and testing across different products. They produce self-certification packs that simplify the EN71 process and once purchased they are available to offer guidance and advice. The one you will need is Self-Certification for Handmade Toys.

Updated 24th July 2016