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The Toy Safety Directive (TSD) 88/378/EEC came into force on January 1, 1990. Since then, toys placed in the European Economic Area must bear the CE marking.

A toy is defined as “any product or material designed or clearly intended for use in play by children
of less than 14 years of age”.    

The primary requirement is that toys meet the essential safety requirements of the   directive. Toys must either be manufactured in accordance with harmonized standards, or   must be type tested by a notified body in order to demonstrate that they comply with the   essential requirements of the directive.

Toy Safety Regulations and Standard:

  • General Product Safety Regulations
  • Toys (Safety) Regulations
  • Pencil and Graphics Instruments (Safety) Regulations

Toy Safety Standards cover mainly:

  • Mechanical & Physical Hazards
  • Flammability
  • Toxicity-Migration of Certain Elements
  • Experimental Sets for Chemistry
  • Chemical Toys
  • Graphical Symbol for Age Warning
  • Electrical properties