New European Toys Directive much stricter!

The 20 year old Toy directive 88/378/EEC has been replaced by the new European Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC that came into force on July 20, 2009. This new directive reckons amongst others with the many novelties that have been introduced on the toy market during the past 20 years.

speelgoed_0.jpgThe European Member States now have 18 months to implement the directive in their national legislation.

Major updates

  • Hence forward, the manufacturer is obliged to draw up an EC declaration of conformity (similar to other CE directives)
  • The manufacturer must identify any hazards a toy may present. The results of that assessment shall be kept in the technical documentation.
  • Requirements for production control are more specific. Internal production control is based on the manufacturer’s own responsibility and requires self verification and monitoring of the manufacturing process by the manufacturer in order to ensure compliance of the manufactured products.
  • New and stricter chemical requirements :
    The use in toys of substances or mixtures that are classified as carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic for reproduction is prohibited.
    The directive also mentions a list of 55 prohibited allergenic fragrances in toys ! (see annex II - III. Chemical properties)
  • New mechanical requirements:
    • Toys firmly attached to food are prohibited
    • Toys sold together with food must have their own packaging

Flammability ramains of course a major safety requirement

Toys must not constitute a dangerous flammable element in the child’s environment. They must therefore be composed of materials which fulfil one or more of the following conditions:

  • they do not burn if directly exposed to a flame or spark or other potential source of fire;
  • they are not readily flammable (the flame goes out as soon as the fire cause disappears);
  • if they do ignite, they burn slowly and present a low rate of spread of the flame;
  • irrespective of the toy’s chemical composition, they are designed so as to mechanically delay the combustion process.

Such combustible materials must not constitute a risk of ignition for other materials used in the toy.

Centexbel at your service !

Centexbel offers you a complete testing package in the framework of this new directive including assessment of chemical substances, burning behaviour and mechanical tests performed on toys !