Toys Certification means that you are signing agreements with consumers, especially parents, and guaranteeing that your products will contribute to your child’s playtime and development, and have been tested against all applicable safety standards. When you promise to bring toys into a market, you do more than just sell products.
Toys Certification lists the safety standards that must be met before your products can be sold in any market. The main purpose of these standards is to protect the health and safety of children, parents, and caregivers.
Main Toys Certification
There are many Toys Certifications on the globe, here we will introduce two main kinds: CE Toys Certification and EN71 Toys Certification.
CE Toys Certification
Compliance with CE certification is a regulatory standard used to verify the safety of products sold and used in the European Economic Area (EEA). The manufacturer places the CE marking on the certified product, indicating that the product complies with European safety rules and can be traded freely in the European Economic Area. Unlike other certification marks, the CE marking is not granted by specific regulators, although some products require an independent compliance assessment to ensure that they comply with CE certification requirements. Finally, it is the manufacturer’s responsibility to use the CE marking correctly.
The requirements of the CE marking also affect the restriction of the Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive (2011/65/EU). Equipment and products within the scope of RoHS must comply with the regulations to obtain the CE marking unless they meet the exemption requirements.
Why Do Manufacturers Need CE Marking?
Manufacturers use the CE marking to indicate that their products comply with European Union (EU) regulations and directives on health, safety, and environmental protection. Products with this marking can enter the European Economic Area market free of charge. As a trade passport for the European market, the CE marking allows manufacturers to freely circulate certified products in the 30 countries that make up the European Economic Area. The CE marking replaces previous national regulations with a unified set of regulations, eliminating the need to adapt products to the specific requirements of individual member states of the European Economic Area.
The CE marking must be placed on many products before they can be sold in the European market. If the product has the CE marking, it indicates that the product:
- These products meet the requirements of the relevant European product directives.
- These products meet all the requirements of the relevant recognized European uniform performance and safety standards.
- These products are suitable for their use and do not endanger life or property.
EN71 Toys Certification
EN71 Toy Safety Standard is an EU regulation and one of the most stringent toy safety standards in the world. It regulates the safety of toys and children’s products sold in Europe. This safety standard is designed to prevent harmful products from entering the EU market and to protect children.
What Are the EN 71 Standards?
The European standard EN 71 sets out safety requirements for toys, covering all aspects of the safety of children and their toys-materials, design, construction, assembly, labeling, and packaging.
The standard is divided into 13 different parts. Most toys will meet EN71-1 safety standards, but manufacturers must consider all these risks when designing and manufacturing toys.
1. EN 71-1: Mechanical and physical properties
2. EN 71-2: Flammability
3. EN 71-3: Specification for migration of certain elements
4. EN 71-4: Experimental sets for chemistry and related activities
5. EN 71-5: Chemical toys (sets) other than experimental sets
6. EN 71-6: Graphical symbols for age warning labeling
7. EN 71-7: Finger paints
8. EN 71-8: Swings, slides, and similar activity toys for indoor and outdoor family domestic use
9. EN 71-9: Organic chemical compounds – Requirement
10. EN 71-10: Organic chemical compounds – Sample preparation and extraction
11. EN 71-11: Organic chemical compounds – Methods of analysis
12. EN 71-12: N-Nitrosamines and N-Nitrosatable Substances
13. EN 71-13: Olfactory board games, cosmetic kits, and gustative games
14. EN 71-14: Trampolines for domestic use
The number of EN 71 parts for a particular product depends on the nature of the product. The most important parts are part I, part II, and part III of EN71, so most vendors’ EN71 reports only test part I, part II and part III.
What Does EN71 Certified Mean?
A manufacturer or supplier claims that their children’s products are EN71 certified, which means that the company has tested the products to ensure that they comply with the safety standards required by European legislation. The company will then have an EN 71 test report, which is limited to the specific material or product specifications under test.
How to Apply Test Report？
For small manufacturers and wholesalers, these test reports of toys certification are difficult to get by themselves. So, the best way to get test reports is by letting suppliers provide them.
1. getting from your toys suppliers
Yiwu Toys market and Shantou Toys market is the 2 main places to import toys wholesale from China. Yiwu suppliers mostly do not have En71 certification, and Shantou toys are your better option. Or, finding out China toy wholesale suppliers, they can arrange sourcing premium toys for you.
2. getting the sample and send it to the lab for test
If your supplier does not have an en71 test report or you do place an OEM order so the item is new. You can get the sample and then send it to the lab to test EN71. However, it’s a little expensive for small manufacturers and wholesalers.
We have detailed aerticle about EN 1 toys certification, please click EN 71 & Wholesale Toy Safety：An Essential Guide for Importers.