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Toy Testing and Certification

Toy testing and certification according to 2009/48/EG: Safe and free of harmful substances | TÜV Rheinland

Safe child-friendly products with our toy tests

From the smallest building block to a model railway – the safety of their children's toys is a top priority for parents. In order to document the high quality of your products to the outside world and to give your customers the necessary decision-making support, we offer you comprehensive testing services from a single source.

Our experts test and certify your toys in accordance with the respective national and international standards for toy safety. We also carry out international certifications according to ISO standards.

You can benefit from our modern laboratories, which are designed for maximum efficiency. Thanks to our broad network of experts, we also ensure that your order can be processed within the shortest possible time – so you can continue to concentrate on your core business.

You would like to have your product tested and certified? Contact us now and find out about toy testing options!

Increase customer confidence – with the support of our experts

Our toy testing and certification at a glance | TÜV Rheinland
We test and certify your toys.

Through our toy testing and certification, you meet the requirements of legal regulations and standards. This puts you in an assertive market position and also helps you avoid expensive recall campaigns. With our recognized test mark, you will increase confidence in your products and provide customers the best possible support when deciding which product to buy.

In addition to our core services in the toy sector, you can also benefit from our Market Access Service, Data Protection and Wireless Testing.

Guide for purchasing toys with educational value

Excellent Play Value test mark | TÜV Rheinland

The market for toys is becoming increasingly diverse and the product range is huge. It is very difficult for the consumer to assess or determine which products have an educational value. The TÜV Rheinland test mark with the keyword "Excellent Play Value" was established to provide information about the educational value of a toy.

For the new certificate, experts from TÜV Rheinland have been working with psychologists and educators to develop a minimum standard and an in-depth testing concept that goes beyond mechanical and chemical testing. The testing concept includes, for example, a separate weighting of the individual assessment criteria for each different age range. Testing takes into account factors such as whether a toy promotes the development of motor skills, language skills, or social interactions with other players. Other aspects include identity formation, self-control or the strengthening of self-confidence during play, and cognitive aspects such as the development of creativity or memory, as well as the motivation to play again.

A requirement for the certification of the play value is the conformity of the toy with the Toy Safety Directive (2019/48/EC).

Display the "Excellent Play Value" test mark and make the value of your product visible to your customers. Contact us now and request your non-binding quotation!

Safe toys – tested according to relevant standards

We certify toys according to national and international safety standards.

Our experts prepare a detailed safety assessment of your toy. Among other things, your product is examined in various test procedures with regard to its chemical, physical and electrical properties. Risks posed by the toy in terms of flammability, hygiene and electromagnetic compatibility are also assessed.

We offer the following services within the scope of toy testing and certification

  • Mechanical/physical tests according to EN 71 parts 1, 2, 8 and 14 and ASTM F 963
  • Tensile tests and load test
  • Flammability tests
  • Noise measurements
  • Electrical safety according to EN 62115 and ASTM F 963
  • Chemical tests according to EN 71 part 3, 4, 5, 7, 9-11,12, REACH-VO, LFGB
  • Determination of heavy metal content
  • Determination of plasticisers
  • Organic chemical compounds and pollutants testing
  • Hygiene and microbiology testing
  • RoHS analysis
  • Risk assessment and safety evaluation
  • Electromagnetic compatibility testing according to the 2014/30/EU directive
  • Testing of radio transmissions according to the RED Directive 2014/53/EU
  • Type examination
  • Excellent Play Value

Profit from the knowledge of our toy experts

Take advantage of our long-standing expertise and assert yourself against the competition with us at your side. As a manufacturer or importer of toy articles, our test marks document the safety and quality of your products.

Thanks to our many years of active committee work in the toy sector, our experts are acutely aware of market changes and events and can provide you with optimum support.

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Presentation from 31 January 2018 about “N-nitrosamines and N-nitrosatable substancesin elastomeric toy materials” on our toy fair booth.

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What makes good toys for children?

Would you like to learn more about toy testing and certification? We have answered the most frequently asked questions on this topic. Your question is missing? Please contact us!

We will be happy to help you.

Why should I have toys tested and certified?

Testing and certifying your toys in accordance with national and international standards helps you gain access to global markets and ensure your product meets toy testing requirements that vary from country to country. With our test mark, you communicate the quality of your products in a brand-effective way.

Which toys do we test?

We test all toys intended for children up to 14 years of age. Our toy experts test and certify stuffed animals, dolls, and role-playing toys, as well as plastic toys and building blocks. Testing for wooden, musical, magnetic, water, activity and creative toys is also available. Our range of services includes testing for construction kits, toys for writing, painting, finger painting, and kneading, as well as slides, swings, climbing frames and trampolines.

According to which guidelines and standards are toys tested and certified?

Standards for toy testing and certification vary from country to country. While the EU Toy Directive 2009/48/EC and the harmonized EN 71 and EN 62115 standards apply in the EU, ISO standards are used for international testing., The ASTM, CPSIA, 16 CFR and FDA standards are the norm in the USA. We certify and test your toy products according to respective country requirements to ensure your access to global markets.

What are the advantages of toy testing for me?

Toy testing and certification helps you ensure that your product is safe and free of harmful substances for increased customer confidence in the quality of your toy. Tested and certified products provide you competitive advantage and strengthen your global market position.

How do customers recognize TÜV Rheinland-certified toys?

Toys tested and certified by us are awarded our globally recognized test mark and are included in our Certipedia certificate database.

How do I determine and measure risks and dangers associated with my toy?

We also support you in the risk assessment of your products. Our experts identify potential hazards and check whether the risk posed by the toy is acceptable under the given conditions before a product is placed on the market. A proper risk assessment helps you develop a safe product, avoid recalls and save costs for potential design revisions.

How can I minimize risks during the development phase of the product?

Our experts are available for intermediate tests during development to help you prevent additional costs and avoid unwanted delays in early phases.


pdf Examination Sheet Toys 1 MB Download
pdf Flyer Toy Directive 139 KB Download
pdf Flyer Risk Assessment for Toys 338 KB Download
pdf Flyer Excellent Play Value 514 KB Download

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Download our brochure: Making Toys Safe For Play

Toys that thrill children and reassure parents – check out our brochure to learn how we can help you to bring safe products to the market.


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