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Toys

Toy testing for the UK

If your product is specifically for children, you need to be confident it is safe.

We test toys for toxicity, flammability and durability, in line with EU standards.

In the EU, all toys intended for use by children under 14 years of age must comply with the Toy Safety Directive 2009/48EC and must bear a suitable CE Mark.

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How to get CE certification

To be awarded a CE certificate, your product must conform to relevant EN71 standards and other applicable requirements. The common EN71 standards are outlined below.

EN71 Part: Title/application
1 Physical/mechanical properties

  • Applies to all toys.
2 Flammability

  • General requirements apply to all toys
  • Specific requirements apply to disguise costumes (including beards, moustaches, wigs and masks), toys intended to be entered and soft toys.
3 Toxicity (migration of heavy metals)

  • Exclusions and provisions for toys intended for children over six years.

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Toy testing for the US

ASTM F963 is the mandatory safety standard for toys and child care articles to be sold in the United States.

It covers the migration of lead, cadmium, chromium, barium, mercury, arsenic, selenium and antimony from a variety of accessible materials.
Northern Testhouse offers affordable toxicity testing for ASTM F963.

We are CPSIA approved and conduct total lead testing for toys and children’s products.

Products will only be accepted into the US if third-party testing has been conducted by a CPSIA-approved laboratory.

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Toy testing for Australia

ISO 8124-3 is the mandatory safety standard required by Australian Consumer Law for toys sold in Australia.

Northern Testhouse offers affordable toxicity testing for ISO 8124-3.

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