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 It comprises of the following 12 parts (part 6 withdrawn):
Mechanical and physical properties
Specification for migration of certain elements
Experimental sets for chemistry and related activities
Chemical toys (sets) other than experimental sets
Graphical symbols for age warning labelling
Swings, slides and similar activity toys for indoor and outdoor family domestic use
Organic chemical compounds – Requirement
Organic chemical compounds – Sample preparation
Organic chemical compounds – Methods of analysis
N-Nitrosamines and N-Nitrosatable Substances
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.