EN 71 - Toy Safety Standards

Did you know that, in Europe, all toy products must meet the harmonised standards by default?

 

The Toy Safety Directive (TSD) provides the essential requirements on a wide range of properties for the Toy Safety Standards (TSS).

 

The EN 71 standard is the legal requirement for all toys sold within the European Union to meet the essential requirements of the TSD. It comprises of the following 12 parts (part 6 withdrawn):

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(withdrawn)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 Toy Safety Standard provides, thus, a comprehensive set of rules manufacturers must meet. They are created by experts and industry groups, who collaborate to minimise your risk of injury.

But what happens when these products breach the standards?

 

Any toy products found to be in breach of these standards will be investigated. Then, either the producer, or primary importer of the product into the European Union (EU), will be held of a guilty offence under the Toy Safety Regulations within the EU.

Leading by example

 

​Did you know that many worldwide safety standards are based on the EN 71 standards? That's right! National Standardisation Bodies, such as British Standards Institute (BSI), follow the testing recommended by the EN 71 standard.

With the Toy Safety Standard in place, it is mandatory to have a contact information on the packaging for the producer or the primary importer into the European Union.