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The Toy Safety Directive aims to reduce toy related accidents by identifying hazards in toys, taking into account their foreseeable use and bearing in mind children’s behaviour.

Recent years, there were many chemical requirements added to the Toy Safety Directive (2009/48/EC) via amendments.  To give the toy industry a clearer path to conformity of compliance, CEN standardization committee has registered a new standard and work is ongoing. 

According to CEN website, a standard that hasn’t given a part number yet, so-called EN 71- Part X, is under preliminary status.  It is expected this standard to support and consolidate Appendix C in Toy Safety Directive including the following chemical substance used in toys (as shown in the below table).

Bisphenol A Directive (EU) 2017/898
Formamide Directive (EU) 2015/2115
Phenol Directive (EU) 2017/774
Isothiazolinones Directive (EU) 2015/2116 and 2015/2117
TCEP and alternative flame retardants Directive 2014/79/EU

For the other parts in EN 71 series:

EN 71-1
  1. Revising definitions, requirements and test methods for “ride-on toys”
  2. Clarifications for toy catapults, soother holders that are toys, the tension tests for flying toys, and the definition of remote-controlled flying toys, and improvement of the kinetic energy and kinetic energy test methods
  3. Definition and measurement methods for aquatic toys
EN 71-3

A preliminary work item for a prA2 has been adopted

EN 71-5

The draft new proposes to cover kits for the preparation of slime

EN 71-7

A preliminary works to address the list of preservatives, based on an exposure scenario elaborated specifically for finger paints, as well as the list of colourants and pH-range/pH-measurements

EN 71-8

Planned to address the requirements and test methods on slides (such as requirements on handrails) and ropes/straps (diameter and width) and requirements and test methods on swings

EN 71-13

Published on 21 Apr 2021

EN 71-14

An amendment is planned (e.g. to address warnings and pinching and crushing hazards)


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