Toy safety testing

Measurlabs offers a comprehensive range of testing options for assessing the safety and durability of toys by the EN 71 standard family and other relevant standards and legal requirements.
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Chemical safety assessment

Like other consumer products, toys sold in the European Union are subjected to REACH and CLP regulation requirements on chemical safety. In addition, the Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC bans the use of certain allergenic fragrances in most toys and sets content and migration limits for high-risk chemicals in toys intended for under-three-year-olds, who are likely to place objects in the mouth.

Measurlabs offers chemical safety testing for toys in accordance with EU regulations on phthalates, bisphenol A, and other harmful chemicals. Popular testing options include migration of certain elements by the EN 71-3 standard, a REACH analysis package for phthalates, and SVHC analysis for other high-risk chemicals. Nitrosamine impurity testing is also available upon request.

Tests for physical and mechanical properties

Toys must not cause a physical hazard to children in the age group they are intended for. To ensure this, the mechanical and physical properties of toys need to be tested with regard to sharp edges, loose components, and other safety hazards. These properties are generally assessed by the European standard EN 71-1.

Sufficiently extensive testing of physical and mechanical properties is especially important when toys contain high-risk components, such as magnets, batteries, or electrical components. It is also crucial to ensure that toys intended for under-three-year-olds do not contain any small components that may cause a choking hazard.

Toy flammability testing

The procedure for assessing the fire safety of toys is outlined in the EN 71-2 standard. High-risk items in terms of flammability include disguise outfits, soft-filled toys, and toys worn on the head. Such items need to be tested by exposure to a test flame to ensure that they are not highly flammable.

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