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As the result of an incident in 2014 where a child’s Halloween costume caught fire resulting in burns to the child, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) has developed a Code of Practice detailing a test method based on a modification of EN 71-2, in conjunction with retailers, test laboratories and experts in flammability testing.
While the available evidence indicates that the number of such incidents is very low, and enquiries to other EU member states have not revealed any significant concern, it was felt in the UK that a more stringent approach was prudent until a formal review of EN 71-2 is carried out by CEN later this year.
Alongside the modified method of testing the flammability a second Code of Practice details enhanced labelling requirements.
Although EN 71-2 remains the harmonised toy standard and provides a presumption of conformity to the essential safety requirements of the toy directive 2009/48/EC, it is expected that most major UK retailers will follow and apply the BRC Codes of Practice.
Significant differences between the BRC Codes and EN 71-2:
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