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CE marking Toys (Directive 2009/48/EC)

The Toys Safety Directive 2009/48/EC

Be aware! The CE marking is not just a voluntary label for toys, but legal conformity marking that manufacturer or exporter must comply with when placing toys on the market. The terms CE marking, CE mark or CE certification can be used as synonyms.

The Toys Safety Directive 2009/48/EC is related to the safety of toys, where toys are items designed and/or intended to use in play by children younger than 14 years old.

CE marking toys

Toys that are placed on the market must comply with essential health and safety requirements of the Toys Safety Directive. The requirements relate to physical, mechanical, chemical and electrical properties of toys. Besides, the Toys Safety Directive sets the requirements for flammability, hygiene and (if applicable) radioactivity of toys.

By affixing the CE marking on toys the manufacturer and/or importer declares that the product complies with essential requirements of the Toys Safety Directive 2009/48/EC. Toys that are CE marked can be traded within the whole European Economic Area (EEA).

There are products that according to the Toys Safety Directive are NOT toys. These include:

  • Playground equipment and automatic playing machine for public use;
  • Toy vehicles equipped with combustion engines;
  • Toy steam engines;
  • Slings and catapults;
  • Decorative objects for parties and festivities;
  • Products for colectors,  provided that the product or its packaging indicates that it is intended for collectors of 14 years of age and above;
  • en voor verzamelaars, mits op het product of verpakking staat aangegeven dat het bestemd is voor verzamelaars van 14 jaar en ouder;
  • Sports equipment intended for children wih a bode mass of more than 20 kg;
  • Puzzles with more than 500 pieces.

How can Certification Company help you?

Certification Company performs comple CE marking for toys in accordance with the Toys Safety Directive 2009/48/EC. In addition to complete CE certification you can contact us for the following services:

  • Product classification to determine relevant requirements;;
  • Product conformity testing based on European (harmonized) standards;;
  • Drafting and assessing Technical Dossier;
  • Drafting and checking user instructions;
  • Verifying and compiling an EU Declarartion of Conformity;
  • Consulting in affixing the CE marking on toys.

Six steps of CE marking toys

The Toys Safety Directive 2009/48/Ec contains the legal obligations for each type of economic operators (manufacturer, importer, distributor). The following step-by-step plan has been drawn up for the manufacturer.

  1. Product classification: defining whether the product falls into the scope of the Toys Safety Directive and classification of the medical device based on established criteria.
  2. Economic operator classification: defining the role of economic operator within the Toys Safety Directive.
  3. Conformity procedure: can be divided into the following parts:
    • Perform product testing and/or safety assessment based on European harmonized standards;
    • Draw up the procedures to ensure the conformity of series production;
    • Provide identification element of the product and the economic operator;
    • Provide user instructions and safety information;
    • Develop procedures for taking corrective measures.
  1. Technical Files: drawing up the Technical Files (including User Manual) based on which the product conformity can be assessed.
  2. EU Declaration of Conformity: drafting the EU Declaration of Conformity, showing that radio equipment complies with CE legislation.
  3. CE marking: as soon as the product complies with the Radio Equipment Directive and related standards, the CE marking will be affixed.

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