New EN71-1/prA2 – Safety of Acoustics Toys
A new draft standard EN71-1/prA2 has been published and under formal vote. It expected to be effective very soon. According to the exposure time from sound-producing toys, they are divided into different categories. New categories for sound- producing toys are also added under this new standard, hence expanding the scope of such toys.
New categories of sound producing toys:
- Wind toys – toys clearly designed to emit sound when actuated by the blowing action of the child or another person.
- Voice toys – toys clearly designed to emit sound by electronically amplifying or distorting the voice and where the output sound level depends on the input sound level of the voice.
- Toys that can be confused with a close-to-the-ear toy – toys clearly designed to emit sound having a shape and construction making it easy to confuse with close-to-the-ear-toys.
- Percussion toys – toys designed to emit sound when struck with a beater, such as a drumstick, or by the hand.
Since such sound producing toys are not included in EN71-1:2011 acoustics requirements, compliance with the current EN71-1 standard does not mean compliance with the new standard.
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