EU Toy Safety Directive – General Provisions

Intertek experts have the knowledge to assist you in understanding and complying with the revised provisions of the EU Toy Directive (EN 71).

The following revisions are set forth in the EU Toy Directive, presenting new challenges to manufacturers, importers and distributors of toys:

  • A new definition of what constitutes a toy
  • Redefined obligations for manufacturers, importers and distributors
  • New Technical Documentation and EC Declaration of Conformity requirements
  • Performance of safety assessments under Article 18 for physical and mechanical, chemical, electrical, radioactivity, flammability and hygiene properties
  • Establishment of production control in the manufacturing process and demonstration of due diligence
  • New migration limits for 19 restricted toxic elements  
  • Toys shall comply with the EU REACH regulation  
  • Ban on substances classified as CMR (carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic for reproduction)
  • 55 allergenic fragrances may not be used in toys, only technically unavoidable traces are allowed up to 100 ppm  
  • Cosmetic toys shall comply with EU Cosmetics Regulation (EC) 1223/2009
  • Toys contained in food must have their own packaging  
  • Toys that are firmly attached to food are prohibited  
  • New provisions on sound-emitting toys  
  • New rules on warnings and labelings  
  • Nitrosamines and Nitrosatable substances banned in toys for children under 36 months or mouth-contact toys  
  • A toy intended for use by children under 36 months must be designed and manufactured in such a way that it can be cleaned  

Intertek offers safety and chemical testing for toys, juvenile products and premiums, as well as advisory services like iComply™ to ensure your products comply with the new EU Toy Directive. 

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