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Latest Up-to-date List of Toy Safety Standards is Published, with Indication of a New Standard

On 12 June 2015, the EU’s Official Journal published the latest list of harmonised European toy safety standards within the framework of the EU’s toy safety law, namely, Directive 2009/48/EC on the safety of toys.

The list is a complete list of toy safety standards, and will therefore be useful for Hong Kong toy traders as a means of reference, to ensure that they are up to date with all the aspects of toy safety covered by the standards, which, in turn, fulfil essential requirements of Directive 2009/48/EC.

There is one new reference on the list, namely EN 62115:2005/A12:2015. For this new reference, it is stated that this is the first publication (with A12:2015 being an amendment to EN 62115:2005). CENELEC, responsible for standardization in the electro-technical engineering field, was mandated to prepare and produce the text.

More specifically the main amendments in 62115:2005/A12:2015 are said to be:

•    Firstly, the addition of an annex relating to toys with an integrated field source generating electromagnetic fields (EMF). The amendment is itself said to refer to (with the need for compliance of) EN 62233:2008. Furthermore, EN 62233:2008 is said to now contain a clause that toys without a motor, inductor or which only include passive electronic components, are considered to comply with this requirement without measurement.
•    Secondly, when markings or instructions are to be found on toy packaging, it shall also be stated that the packaging must be retained as it contains important information.

While Hong Kong’s toy sellers may already be familiar with several of the other referenced standards, it is worth bearing in mind that three of them were inserted on the list very recently, i.e. earlier this year (see: 27 March 2015, Business Alert-EU for more detailed information).

Moreover, in some of the referenced instances, the standards mentioned supersede previous standards (or versions of the same standards). It is important for toy manufacturers to bear this in mind, and update themselves accordingly.

Directive 2009/48/EC on the safety of toys sets out the essential safety requirements with regard to toys. These essential requirements include particulars regarding toys’ physical and mechanical properties, their flammability, their chemical aspects, electrical properties and hygiene.

In order to flesh out these requirements, the European Commission mandates the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN) and the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardisation (CENELEC) to adopt technical norms in the form of harmonised standards.

The conformity of toys with harmonised standards, the reference numbers and titles of which are published in the EU’s Official Journal, will provide Hong Kong’s toy sellers with a presumption that the requirements of Directive 2009/48/EC have been met. Thus, if the standards are followed and applied correctly, the toys covered by them may be sold without obstacle anywhere in the EU.

Unfortunately, the European standards are not available for free. They are, nonetheless, publicly available documents that may be purchased from CEN or CENELEC's national standards bodies, committees or affiliates. For more information on how to obtain the standards, please click on the following links: CEN and CENELEC.

Please click on the following to examine the latest list of toy safety standards, as published in the EU’s Official Journal.

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