Toys are subject to Directive 2009/48/EC and are therefore directly affected by the obligation to affix a CE marking and to undergo the CE conformity assessment procedure.
Placing on the market without having completed the conformity assessment procedure and affixing the CE marking is not possible within the EU.
The manufacturer of the toy is responsible for the CE marking. If the manufacturer is not located in the European Union, he can appoint an authorized representative in the EU. If he does not do so, the importer is responsible for CE conformity as the person placing the toy on the EU market.
Toys or not?
The first step is to assess which products are actually toys and fall under the definition of the Toy Directive. In addition, it has to be assessed whether the products are toys for children under 36 months, as these products are subject to special requirements.
Many delimitation questions make these steps difficult.
Is a Christmas plush dwarf a toy or just a decorative item that is excluded from the Toy Directive? Do animal toys fall under the Toy Directive? When is an air mattress a water toy?
We at asseso have answers to these and other questions. We give you security in the classification of your products.
As a manufacturer or importer, you are responsible for compliance with the provisions of the Toy Safety Directive. An important element of this is the safety assessment of the toy.
This is divided into the evaluation of physical and mechanical properties, flammability, chemical properties, electrical properties, hygiene and radioactivity.
For the safety assessment, the application of the harmonized standards from the DIN EN 71 series of standards (and EN 62115 for electrical toys) is strongly recommended. If the requirements of the respective standard are fulfilled, the manufacturer or importer can assume that the product is safe with regard to the properties regulated in the standard.
The conformity assessment may be carried out in accordance with the procedure of internal production control (Annex II, Module A | Decision No 768/2008/EC).
For this purpose, the following steps shall be carried out:
- compilation of the technical documentation These include a general description, plans and manufacturing drawings, safety assessments, a list of the applicable harmonized and other technical standards, the results of the tests and the test reports
- monitoring of the production process Includes the conformity of production with the harmonized standards.
- affixing of the conformity marking and safety instructions
- preparation of the declaration of conformity
We at asseso can help you in individual areas or oversee the entire process. We check existing test reports or commission new ones, carry out safety assessments, compile the technical documentation and labelling elements and prepare your declaration of conformity.