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New Guidance Documents for the EU Toy Safety Directive
In July 2012, the European Commission expert group on Toy Safety has published a large number of guidance documents intended to help on interpretation issues related to the Toy Directive.
• Guidance No. 7: Toys used in and on the water
• Guidance No. 12: Packaging
• Guidance on interpretation “Which can be placed in the mouth” related to the phthalates requirements (REACH regulation 1907/2006)
• Guidance No. 16: Electronic equipment (NEW)
All guidance documents including visual examples can be found on the EU commission website (http://ec.europa.eu/
GUIDANCE NO. 7: Toys used in and on the water
Changes compared to the previous guidance:
• Inflatable toys for use in water and intended to be played on:
The reference to the suitability of these toys for only children over 3 years of age is deleted, as these toys may be intended for under 3 years as well.
• Bathing rings:
The classification of bath rings has changed. With the publication of this revision, bath rings with NO play value are NO longer regarded as toys. Only bath rings with play value, like animal shaped attachments are regarded as toys.
GUIDANCE NO. 12: Packaging
The guidance on packaging has been amended in order to clarify the definition of toy bags. Wording stating that toy bags might be intended to use in play is deleted and a new definition is added on toy bags:
• Toy bags: Bag, clearly intended for use, often having features designed to encourage the child to use the bag in play activities.
NEW GUIDANCE NO. 16: Electronic equipment
The new guidance clarifies what electronic equipment (like computers and game consoles) and their peripherals (like key boards, joy sticks or steering wheels) can be regarded as toys according to the Toy Directive.
It is clarified that only products that are specifically designed for and targeted at children and have a play value on their own are to be regarded as toys. Most computer equipment and their peripherals are either not specifically designed for and targeted at children or have no play value on their own.
Guidance on Interpretation “Which can be placed in the mouth” related to the Phthalates Requirements (REACH Regulation 1907/2006)
Only the reference to the revised toy and phthalates directives has been changed, in order to make sure the current legislation is referenced. The content of the guidance has not been changed.
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Please consult the respective guidance document to get some visual examples for each Guidance, and feel free to contact one of SGS’ 15 toys labs if you need further information.
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