About safety in toy manufacturing

The Toys (Safety) Regulations 1995

In the UK, the EU Directive for Toy Safety is enforced by the Toys (Safety) Regulations 1995. The directive states that all toys supplied in the EU must meet essential safety standards and carry the CE mark to certify that this is the case. They must also be accompanied by the name and address the manufacturer or his authorised representative who first placed the toy on the market.

Click here to view the Toys (Safety) Regulations 1995.

To whom do the regulations apply?
The regulations apply to manufacturers, importers, retailers, hirers and suppliers of new and second-hand toys - or anyone supplying toys in the course of any business. Toys distributed free of charge are also covered.

The BS EN 71 series

BS EN 71 Safety of Toys is a series of standards in 11 parts. It aims to make toys safer to play with, and to help manufacturers meet the safety requirements set out by the EU Directive for Toy Safety.

Why is BS EN 71 important?
Enforcement authorities have powers to remove unsafe toys from the market and bring prosecutions. Supplying unsafe toys can result in a fine of up to £5,000, or a prison sentence of up to six months, or both.  By complying with BS EN 71, toy industry professionals can ensure their products satisfy safety requirements and that toys sold into the EU are safe for children to play with.

BS EN 71 is a comprehensive series of standards that includes:

  • age warning labelling
  • safety symbols
  • outdoor and indoor play equipment
  • flammability
  • testing and analysis of toy materials
  • organic chemical compounds.

Who should use BS EN 71?

  • Toy manufacturers
  • Toy importers and exporters in the UK and overseas
  • Enforcement authorities
  • Test houses

BSI’s expert Anne Cassidy says, "The aim of the standard is to ensure that toys are made to the highest possible safety standards in line with the requirements of the EU Directive for toy safety. It is crucial for manufacturers to conform to this important European Standard to ensure that children are not harmed whilst they play with their toys”.

CE marking is used to indicate that the toys are entitled to access to EU markets; it is not a mark aimed at consumers.

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