We all hope to import our stuffed toys legally and be tested by qualified organizations. The question is, how can we know which products belong to the toys field? Meanwhile, which testing points & standards are compulsory for each country’s safety request? In this article, we would like to share you with a general summary of the children’s toys.
Product Scope For Toys
Infant toys (like swimming such when bathing)
Teethers and pacifiers
Arts and crafts
Stuffed animals & Plush toys & plush keychain & plush puppets & plush golf headcover & plush mascot and textile toys
Costumes and accessories (like Halloween, Xmas, kids will wear those costumes and masks for cosplay)
Tableware for kids (PP, PS, PC such materials, etc)
Bicycle and scooter
Activity toys for domestic use
International Toy Safety & Testing Requirements
-1) General Testing Standard For Toys
China Standard (CCC)
EU market (EN71-2-3, 1907/2006/EC, EN62115 for electrical parts, etc)
UK(BS standard, UKCA, etc)
USA( ASTM, FDA, Prop65, etc)
AU & NZ( AS/NZS, etc.SAA for electrical items)
-2) Testing Regulations Summary – Physical Part
- In the stuffed toys field, the clearance of stuffing will be judged as per EN71-2-3-, for instance, if the stuffing cotton was dirty and with a bad smell, will fail this testing point directly.
- Basic requirement for the soft toys: clean, no any bad odor, needle inspection, firm sewing, the label sewing can past the tensile test.
|Mechanical and Physical||Flammability (for texture)||Flammability (for other materials)||Toxic substance||Clearance of Stuffing (Visual Inspection)|
|DE||DIN EN71-1||DIN EN71 -2||DIN EN71-2||DIN EN71-3||DIN EN71-1|
|FR||NF EN71-1||NF EN71-2||NF EN71-2||NF EN71-3||NF EN71-1|
|UK||BS EN71-1||BS EN71-2||BS EN71-2||BS EN71-3||BS EN71-1|
|US||ASTM F963-11/16 CFR 1500||ASTM F963 11/16 CFR 1610||ASTM F963-11/16 CFR 1500.44||ASTM F963-11||ASTM F963-11|
|CA||SOR/2011-17 OF CCPSA||SOR/2011-22 of CCPSA||SOR/2011-17 of CCPSA||SOR/2011-17 of CCPSA||SOR/2011-17 of CCPSA|
|AU & NZ||AS/NZS ISO8124-1||AS/NZSISO8124-2||AS/NZS ISO8124-2||AS/NZS ISO8124-3||AS/NZS ISO8124-1|
-3) Testing Regulations Summary – Chemical Part
|Cleanliness of Stuffing||Phthalates||AZO dyes||Cosmetic test|
|US||ASTM-F963-11/Pennsylvania stuffed toy law||CPSIA Section 108||N/A||US FDA21 CFR700-740|
|Canada||N/A||SOR/2010-298 phthalates regulation||N/A||Cosmetic regulation of the food & drug|
|AU & NZ||N/A||Competition and Consumer Act 2010 ( DEHP)||N/A||AU: NICNASNZ: Cosmetics products group standard|
-4) Testing Regulations Summary – Electrical Part
|Electrical Toy Test||Electromagnetic compatibility|
|US||ASTM F963-11/16CFR 1505||FCC Part 15|
|Canada||ICES – 003 – Battery Operated Toys / C22.2 No. 149-1972||ICES -003|
|AU & NZ||AS/NZS 62115||C-tick|
Accredited / Authoritative Laboratories In The World
TUV: TÜV Rheinland, TÜV Sud, TÜV Nord
Reach & SVHC List For EU Market – The Regulation Of Chemical Substances Administration
-1) Firstly, what is REACH?
Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals
-2) What is the aim for the REACH Regulation?
Designed to protect human health and the environment, REACH is about knowing what substances are in products and their impact on human health and the environment.
-4) Beginning Of REACH
REACH is a European Community Regulation on chemicals and their safe use Regulation (EC) 1907/2006. It deals with the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of chemical substances. The new law came into force on 1st June 2007.
Manufacturers and importers must register all substances, that they produce and/ or import in/ into the EU in quantities of 21 tonnes per year to the central European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) in Helsinki, Finland.
-5) REACH Enforcement
- REACH is a regulation
- Applies equally across the whole of the EU
- Does not apply outside the EU
- Responsibility lies with legal entity that places product on EU market
- Domestic manufacturers will be responsible
- Importers sourcing from the outside the EU shall be responsible and need to engage and work with entire supply chain.
- Gentrally controlled by the European Chmicals Agency (ECHA) Enforcement will be a different for regulators with limited resources
- Enforcement likely to be handled by National competent authorities
- Will be part of current inspection regime but may vary between member states.
-6) Which One Of These Products Is REACH Compliant?
-7) How Could We Proceed?
Pay close attention to the updated SVHC List
What is SVHC?
Substances of very high concern (SVHC)
SVHC is always been updated.
Generally, effect the of human health or environments will be considered to renew the SVHC list.
-1) Importers Obligation In EU.
Duty of REACH registration
Duty of communication (Communication of safe use)
Notification ( SVHC in articles)
Duty of information (SVHC in articles)
-2) Categories Subject To SVHC List
- Alloys and plastics
- Oil, fuel and gas
- Semi-final products such as plates, pipes, tubes, castings toys
- Cosmetics, accessories
- Pigents, paints, gules Detergents
- Textiles, footwear, leather
- Eletronic and eletrcal products and more.
-3) How could we get the updated list?