Toy Safety Directives
- It substantially amends the old Directive across virtually all safety aspects.
- It fulfils to the highest level the newest health and safety standards.
- It improves the existing rules for the marketing of toys that are produced in and imported into the EU in view to reducing toy related accidents and achieving long-term health benefits.
It foresees 19 products not to be considered as toys within the meaning of the Directive and 5 toys the Directive is not applying to (for example, toy steam engines, slings…etc.).
The new Directive brings in particular more references on chemicals by limiting the amounts of certain chemicals that may be contained in materials used for toys.
- Factsheet on the Declaration of Conformity [124 KB]
- Factsheet on the scope of the Directive 2009/48/EC [124 KB]
- Factsheet on traceability [115 KB]
- Factsheet on warnings [125 KB]
- Factsheet on the safety assessment and conformity assessment procedures [121 KB]
The aim of this harmonisation measure was also to guarantee an equally high level of toy safety across the whole Community.
It foresees 21 exceptions for goods not designed for children (for example, detailed scale models for adult collectors) or goods that present a particular risk not covered by the directive (for example, sports equipment).
The experience made with the operation of the existing Directive on the safety of toys led to the conclusion that there is a need to update and complete the safety requirements, in particular in areas such as noise and chemicals in toys.
The 'old' Directive, therefore, needed to be adapted to these developments.