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New EU Toy Directive Focuses on Strict Product Documentation
Awaiting implementation in July 2011, the new EU 2009/48/EC Toy Safety Directive (TSD) realises the European Parliament demand for greater technical documentation and further responsibilities for toy manufacturers and importers.
By: SGS Consumer Testing
The EU 2009/48/EC Toy Directive includes greater technical documentation responsibilities, including the requirement that manufacturers draft an EC declaration of conformity (DoC) for each product they release in the European market. In addition, manufacturers must keep each DoC and all other technical documentation on file for ten years after their product has been released on the market. As expected, product instructions and safety information is mandatory for inclusion.
The responsibilities assigned to manufacturers don’t stop there. Products must now be marked with the name and address of the manufacturer and importer, the product type, batch and serial number and CE mark.
The EU, however, has attempted to ease the burden on manufacturers by issuing the EU Explanatory Guidance Document (http://ec.europa.eu/
Mandatory Technical Documentation
To ensure compliance with safety requirements, manufacturers must now provide detailed description of product design and manufacture, including references to the manufacturing process, age suitability, grading level and intended product use. General description and a colour picture of the product must also be included, along with the address of both product manufacture and storage. As well as this, all packaging and instruction details and test reports are mandatory and where relevant, an EC type examination certificate must also be provided.
Where changes in toy design occur, it is the responsibility of manufacturers to ensure continued product compliance with the requirements of the directive. Continued compliance is mandatory for all toy products under the directive.
The new technical documentation requirements under the directive also specify the inclusion of a Bill of Materials (BOM) along with manufacturing documentation per toy product. The BOM is required to detail all relevant substances and components for each component and material included in toy manufacture. Where specified under REACH (http://www.reach.sgs.com/
All Toys to Undergo Safety Assessments
New to the directive is the inclusion of a Safety Assessment Procedure, whereby manufacturers must identify chemical, physical, mechanical, electrical, fire, hygiene and possible radioactive hazards associated with their toy product.
Importers Obliged to Verify Their Products Too
Importers do not escape the new toy directive (http://www.hardlines.sgs.com/
SGS Validation Services for Technical Documentation
SGS is able to assist toy manufacturers and importers with services designed to ensure compliance with the new directive. These services include the BOM list review, the preparation and review of CLP notification dossiers, the preparation of Safety Data Sheets (SDS), SHVC screening (as per REACH regulation requirements)
SGS will organize on a regular basis some free webinars on the EU Toy Directive. Don’t hesitate to email us at consumer.products@
For further details please contact:
SGS Consumer Testing Services
Marketing Manager, SGS France
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