BS EN 71-1:2011+A3:2014 Safety of toys. Mechanical and physical properties

BS EN 71-1:2011+A3:2014

Safety of toys. Mechanical and physical properties

Status : Revised, Superseded, Withdrawn   Published : June 2011 Replaced By : BS EN 71-1:2014+A1:2018

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BS EN 71-1:2011+A3:2014 was developed to underpin the new EU Directive on Toy Safety (which came into force in 2011) and, in most instances, toys that fail to meet its requirements may not be placed on the market.  If toys don’t comply, they can be removed from sale and manufacturers face prosecution and possible imprisonment.

BS EN 71-1 Matters to consumers because unsafe toys could put millions of UK children at risk of accident, injury or even death, so it’s vital that toys meet the very highest safety standards

  •  Manufacturers and importers face new obligations to ensure that no unsafe toys enter the market
  • From July 2013, the accessible parts of toys must no longer contain certain heavy metals such as lead, or chemicals that could provoke cancer, change genetic information or harm reproduction (known as CMR substances)
  • Fragrances that are likely to cause allergies are also forbidden from July 2013

All toys on sale in the UK must carry the CE mark. This shows that the manufacturer has declared that the toy meets the requirements of the European Directive and is intended for sale in the European Community.

BS EN 71-1 deals with the mechanical and physical aspects of toys.  BS EN 71-1 2011 +A3 includes A1 Warnings, A2 Acoustics and A3 Toy Books.

The 14-part BS EN 71 series covers every possible aspect of toy safety, from flammability to toxicity of materials to their potential to trap clothing or injure a child’s body.

Members of CW/15 committee for Toy Safety which includes:

LGC – Laboratory of the Government Chemist

BIS – Dept for Business Innovation & Skills

Baby Products Association


British Coatings Federation

Assocation of consulting scientists

British Toymakers Guild

British Measurement & Testing Ass.

Trading Standards

Toy Retailers Ass.

And several individual technical experts

Standard NumberBS EN 71-1:2011+A3:2014
TitleSafety of toys. Mechanical and physical properties
StatusRevised, Superseded, Withdrawn
Publication Date30 June 2011
Withdrawn Date30 November 2014
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)ISO 4593, EN 71-8:2018, ISO 4287:1997, EN ISO 6508-1, IEC 61672-1, EN ISO 11202, EN ISO 868, EN ISO 3744, ISO 3744:2010, EN 50332-1, ISO 868:2003, ISO 3746, EN ISO 3746, IEC 60318-4, EN ISO 3745, ISO 11202, EN 15649-3, EN ISO 4287, EN 61672-1, IEC/TS 60318-7, EN ISO 11201, ISO 3745, ISO 6508-1:2005, ISO 11201, EN 60318-4, ISO 7619-2
Informative References(Provided for Information)CEN/TR 13387:2004, ISO/IEC Guide 98-3:2008, ISO/IEC Guide 37:1995, EN 62115, EN 13613, EN 13843, EN 14619, ASTM F963, EN 14765, 2003/10/EC, EN 13899, Regulation (EC) No 765/2008, CR 14379:2002, IEC 62115/A1, CEN/CENELEC Guide 11, IEC 62115, 2007/184/EC
Replaced ByBS EN 71-1:2014+A1:2018
ReplacesBS EN 71-1:2005+A9:2009
International RelationshipsEN 71-1:2011+A3:2014
Amended ByAmendment, April 2014; Amendment, October 2013
Draft Superseded By12/30265744 DC
DescriptorsSafety measures, Mechanical testing, Marking, Mechanical properties of materials, Labels, Physical properties of materials, Toys, Physical testing, Age, Soft toys, Baby toys, Packaging, Graphic symbols
Title in FrenchSécurité des jouets. Propriétés mécaniques et physiques
Title in GermanSicherheit von Spielzeug. Mechanische und physikalische Eigenschaften
ISBN978 0 580 79411 7
File Size4.6 MB
NotesIncorporates the requirements for age warning labelling previously included in BS EN 71-6:1995.

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