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Grey zone products

Sometimes it's difficult to identify items that are not easily distinguishable as either a toy or a non toy.

Although most manufacturers provide guidance of their products, the ultimate decision rests with surveillance authorities on whether the product being supplied is classed as a toy or non toy. These are classed as grey zone items.

There could be hidden dangers in grey zone items and it is important to understand the risks involved with products that may appear to be toys but are actually not toys.


Below, we show you some examples of common items that you should watch out for during parties around children. Just hover over each image to learn more about these products:

Feather boa

Not a toy!

This is considered a decorative item to accompany an outfit.

Balloon pump

Not a toy!

This is a mechanical device only intended to inflate balloons, so it has no play value.

Party Props
Party tableware

Not a toy!

These are disposable items with no play value. Food contact material regulations apply.

Candle holders

It depends!

Candles are not a toy, but candle holders are. When sold together, read the instructions carefully.

Party hats

Not a toy!

Paper hats are one time use, which is designed to accompany an outfit or fashion accessory. 

Gift Bags
Party loop bags

Not a toy!

They are disposable single-use items that come in many themes. Food contact material regulations apply.


Not a toy!

It is classed as a decorative product only, as it is a disposable product with no play value.

Kiddie Pool Fun
Inflatable items

It depends!

Any inflatable item is classed according

to its size.

Candles & Plants

Not a toy!

All types of candles are non toys.

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