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Safe and Suitable for Children

Parents would love to watch their children play all day - but sometimes, that's just not possible. And as every parent knows, even playtime can have its hidden hazards. The goal of our toy safety testing is to minimize these hazards. We test and certify toys according to the Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC and European-wide standards, like EN 71 and EN 62115. From teddy bears to model trains, the "Toy Directive" applies to all playthings intended for children up to age 14. You can also get a TÜV Rheinland GS mark in combination with your product certification.

Benefits at a Glance

Internationally recognized examination TÜV Rheinland helps you:

  • Fulfill the requirements of the "Toy Directive"
  • Build consumer confidence in the quality and safety of your toys
  • Protect children from contaminated and unsafe toys
  • Decrease your risk of liability with documented safety standards
  • Help your customers choose the product that is right for them
  • Improve your standing in the market with our neutral mark of approval

Our Tests

Our experts offer the following services:

  • Toy testing and evaluation according to Directive 2009/48/EC and various European and international standards (for example, EN 71, EN 62115, ASTM F 963, Consumer product safety improvement law)
  • Mechanical, electrical, and chemical tests: examination of health factorsProduct and product group certification with TÜV Rheinland marks - like GS, LGA Tested, or TÜV Proof
  • Information seminars at your offices or ours

We are also happy to perform partial tests for you, should you not require an all-round check.

Just What is the "Toy Directive" All About?

The European "Toy Directive" 2009/48/EC pertains to toys being introduced to the market - both within the European Community and in other countries under EU legislation. It applies to toy manufacturers, as well as importers. This EU Directive sets security requirements intended to prevent harm coming to children or others during normal play.

Product Examples

  • Stuffed animals: teddy bears, stuffed animals
  • Dolls
  • Toy cars
  • Plastic toys: plastic building blocks Baby toys
  • Marble runs
  • Electronic model trains
  • Wooden toys: wooden blocks, wooden train sets
  • Electronic toys
  • Musical toys: rattles, drums, horns, xylophones
  • Play-shops
  • Doll stoves

European Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC

The revised Toy Safety Directive (TSD) is now in force. You are probably wondering how this will affect you.

A number of major changes have been made in the following areas:

  • Demonstration of compliance with Directive requirements:
    As part of their conformity assessment procedure, manufacturers are also required to conduct and document a safety assessment of the toy. This assessment must cover the various chemical, physical, mechanical, electrical, flammability, hygienic, and radioactivity hazards that the toy may present.
  • Information shown on the product:
    - Are you a manufacturer, importer or retailer?
    - Complete, up-to-date address
  • Labeling to identify the toy.

Ask the experts.

Whether you're an EU manufacturer, importer, retailer or authorized agent, the toy experts at TÜV Rheinland offer a wide range of services to support their clients around the world. From testing and staff training to product certification.