Safety Testing For Baby and Toddler Toys
A range of safety tests for toys that are aimed at children of 36 months and younger.
How do I know if my product is safe for children under 36 months
The standards for toys that are aimed at children under 36 months have some of the strictest requirements of all product testing.
Ensuring your product is fit for this age group and legally compliant with the safety regulations can be a daunting task as the standards are constantly being updated.
At Bureau Veritas we have a team of experts on hand to give you the latest and up to date advice on bringing products to market.
Our Technical Consultant team have over 60 years experience
Malcolm Horner – Technical Consultant
Malcolm has over 40 years’ of experience in the toy and consumer product testing business and has hands-on experience of working in testing laboratories as well as managing a laboratory. He sits on the BSI Toy Safety Committee and also on some of the European CEN Working Groups for toys.
Simon Stokes - Technical Consultant
Simon has over 20 years’ experience in the toy and juvenile products testing business and has hands-on experience of working in testing laboratories as well as managing a laboratory. Simon is a member of several BSI committees.
Safety testing for baby and toddler toys
Toys that are aimed at children of under 36 months are covered as part of the safety standards EN 71: Part 1, Part 2, & Part 3, Safety of Toys. Bureau Veritas CPS carries out a range of tests within these standards which include:
The standard reduces the risk of death and injuries to children under three years from choking on, inhaling, or swallowing small objects. Toys that are intended for use by children under 36 months and which have small parts, or are able to produce small parts after certain “use and abuse” tests are not permitted.
Toys that have protruding elements that could possibly harm a child under 36 months of age if there is a risk of the child falling on that protruding part are not allowed.
CORDS AND TIE HAZARDS
Toys with strings, cords or chains could strangle a child if used improperly. The toy safety standards include various requirements and tests to restrict the length of cords on toys for children under 36 months.
Toys with monofilament fibres with a length of greater than 50 mm and attached to a fabric base must carry a warning that the toy is not suitable for children under 10 months due to long hair.
Did you know?
Soft-filled toys with basic features that are intended for holding and cuddling are automatically considered as toys intended for children under 36 months.
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