EN71 - Toy Safety Standards

It is necessary for all toy products to meet the harmonised standards by default. The TSD provides the essential requirements on a wide range of properties for the standards. EN71 standard comprises of the following 12 parts (part 6 withdrawn) and is the legal requirement for all toys sold within the European Union to meet the essential requirements of the TSD:

  • EN 71-1: Mechanical and physical properties

  • EN 71-2: Flammability

  • EN 71-3: Specification for migration of certain elements

  • EN 71-4: Experimental sets for chemistry and related activities

  • EN 71-5: Chemical toys (sets) other than experimental sets

  • EN 71-6: Graphical symbols for age warning labelling (withdrawn)

  • EN 71-7: Finger paints

  • EN 71-8: Swings, slides and similar activity toys for indoor and outdoor family domestic use

  • EN 71-9: Organic chemical compounds – Requirement

  • EN 71-10: Organic chemical compounds – Sample preparation and extraction

  • EN 71-11: Organic chemical compounds – Methods of analysis

  • EN 71-12: N-Nitrosamines and N-Nitrosatable Substances

  • EN 71-13: Olfactory board games, cosmetic kits and gustative games

The standard consists of the 12 parts (with part 6 withdrawn) and provides a comprehensive set of rules manufacturers must meet. The standards are created by experts and industry groups who collaborate to create the standards that minimise risk and injury to consumers.

Any toy products found to be in breach of the safety standards, or found to be usage leads to an investigation and either the producer, or primary importer of the product into the EU is held of an guilty offence under the Toy Safety Regulations within the EU.


​Many worldwide safety standards are based on the EN71 standards, and National Standardisation Bodies, such as British Standards Institute (BSI) follow the testing reccomended by EN71.

The EN71 standard also make it mandatory to have contact information on the packaging for the producer or the primary importer into the EU.