Office for Product Safety and Standards issued Guidance on Toys (Safety) Regulations 2011 in January 2011. The Guidance helps manufacturers to understand how to meet the compliance with regulations to put products on the market of the Great Britain.
The Regulations determine the essential safety requirements for toys designed or intended for use in play by children under 14 years old.
The Regulations contain:
- general safety requirements such as safety of the toy itself and its chemical components if any, general requirements to specified age groups, warning marking requirements, requirements to the label and manual
- particular safety requirements such as those concerning hazards relating to physical/mechanical properties, flammability, chemical properties, electrical properties, hygiene requirements, and radioactivity.
The Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) of Great Britain published a notice with the list of standards that helps to ensure the meeting of the product to safety requirements of the Regulations. The list consists of European standards and includes the following 11 references:
1. EN 71-1:2014+A1:2018 Safety of toys - Part 1: Mechanical and physical properties
2. EN 71-2:2011+A1:2014 Safety of toys - Part 2: Flammability
3. EN 71-3:2019 Safety of toys - Part 3: Migration of certain elements
4. EN 71-4:2013 Safety of toys - Part 4: Experimental sets for chemistry and related activities
5. EN 71-5:2015 Safety of toys - Part 5: Chemical toys (sets) other than experimental sets
6. EN 71-7:2014+A2:2018 Safety of toys - Part 7: Finger paints - Requirements and test methods
Note: For the allowed preservative climbazole (entry 22 in Table B.1 of Annex B to this standard) the presumption of conformity applies up to a maximum allowed concentration of 0,2 % (not: 0,5 %). This is based on the ‘ADDENDUM to the Opinion on Climbazole (P64) ref. SCCS/1506/13’ of the Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) that was adopted after the publication of the standard by CEN.
7. EN 71-8:2018 Safety of toys - Part 8: Activity toys for domestic use
8. EN 71-12:2013 Safety of toys - Part 12: N-Nitrosamines and N-nitrosatable substances
9. EN 71-13:2014 Safety of toys - Part 13: Olfactory board games, cosmetic kits and gustative games
10. EN 71-14:2018 Safety of toys - Part 14: Trampolines for domestic use
11. EN 62115:2005/A11:2012/AC:2013 Electric toys - Safety
The full text of the Notice itself you can find here.
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