There are thousands of products in the marketplace, for all ages, for all occasions, all over the world. Product quality can be a minefield with businesses always looking to become more competitive. There are many party products that are classed as toys within Europe and are manufactured under the Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC. The standards provide manufacturers with the strict guidance required to comply with the directive. In the case of toy products - the standard is EN71 - Safety of Toys.
Unfortunately, products of poor quality can sometimes result in a party that's left you in agony, disappointment or at risk, not only for potential physical injury, but ingestion of hazardous substances which can go unseen. Read on through the next few pages to get some understanding of labeling and markings you will encounter.
Regulations that affect party products
All party products must meet the minimum safety standards as set out by the European Commission. Products that meet the standards are marked with a CE label. If you read the packaging carefully, you will also find contact information from the distributor or manufacturer.
There may be several warnings on the packaging - all which mean different things. For a better understanding of the meanings, please head over to the relevant pages by clicking on items below.
The whole business of toy safety is complex to understand. We aim to give you a better understanding of what's involved in simple to understand language.