UK/EU Toy Safety Directive Testing (EN 71) 

Understanding Toy Safety Directive 
 
In EU, toys must comply with the Toy Safety Directive 2009/48EC and must bear a suitable CE Mark. 
 
The directive applies to toys designed or intended, whether or not exclusively, for use in play by children under 14 years of age. 
 
The directive, in addition to migration of toxic heavy metals, restricts carcinogenic mutagenic or toxic (CMRs) and fragrances. 
 
Purpose of CE Marking 
 
Presumptive declaration of compliance with the obligations and requirements of the Toy Safety Directive 
Intended for enforcement authorities for allowing free movement of toys within EU 
Not intended as a safety mark for consumers 

EN71 standards - to all toys, see below table 

Part: 
Title/application 
Physical/mechanical properties 
 
Applies to all toys 
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 
Toxicity (migration of heavy metals) 
 
Exclusions and provisions for toys intended for children over six years 

We are specialists in toy safety testing 

Product safety testing and compliance is vital for the toy and children’s product sector, protecting company reputation and driving consumer confidence. 
 
At The Northern Testhouse (Leicester) Ltd, we specialise in the safety testing of toys to European Standards EN71 Parts1, 2 and 3, adopted by EU member states in own national language 
 
Our services include assessment for essential safety requirements for the revised Toy Safety Directive 2009/48EC published in 2009 and as amended. 
 
We are one of the UK’s most experienced compliance testing laboratory. Contact us to find out how our totally independent service can protect your business by ensuring your products comply with relevant regulations. 

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