Toy safety: new amendments to CEN standards 

Two major revisions of CEN standards on Toy Safety, developed by CEN/TC 52, have been published and expect to be cited in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) over the summer.

EN 71-1 sets out requirements and test methods for the mechanical and physical properties of toys in order to reduce, as far as possible, hazards not evident to users. The published amendment (A1) includes, for example, an expansion of the scope to include certain flying toys as well as toy slings and toy catapults supplied with projectiles. Additionally, the sections addressing projectile toys were revised and/or clarified as well as those for cords and drawstrings in toys.

EN 71-3 standard specifies the maximum migration limits for the following categories of toy materials in order to minimise child exposure to certain potentially toxic elements: 

  • Category I: Dry, brittle, powder like or pliable materials;
  • Category II: Liquid or sticky materials;
  • Category III: Scraped-off materials.

The published amendment (A3), aligns the migration limits in line with the revised limits in the Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC (new limits apply from 28 Oct 2018).

European experts have brought together their expertise to define the requirements to ensure that toys, in the hands of children, comply with the essential requirements of the Toys Safety Directive.

These amendments were developed by CEN/TC 52, Safety of Toys, whose secretariat is held by DS, CEN.

For more information, please contact: Claire DALIER