COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING DECISION (EU) 2021/867 of 28 May 2021 on harmonised standards for toys drafted in support of Directive 2009/48/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council

1. This Commission Implementing Decision publishes a number of harmonised standards for toys, regulated under the Toys Directive 2009/48/EC, in the Official Journal of the European Union.
2. Toys that are in conformity with published harmonised standards are presumed to be in conformity with the requirements in the Toys Directive covered by those standards. Following harmonised standards is therefore optional but assists industry by setting out ways in which the legal requirements may be met (although industry may choose other ways to demonstrate that the legal safety requirements are met). The harmonised standards will apply to products placed on the EU market. As the EU Toys Directive is included in Annex 2 of the Ireland/Northern Ireland Protocol, this will also apply to products placed on the market in Northern Ireland.

3. The list of permitted preservatives has been updated in CEN (European Committee for Standardisation) revised harmonised standard EN 71-7:2014+A2:2018 ‘Safety of toys – Part 7: Finger paints – Requirements and test methods’.

4. Test methods have been updated in CEN revised harmonised standard EN 71-12:2013 ‘Safety of toys – Part 12: N-Nitrosamines and N-nitrosatable substances’.

5. Additionally, the revised harmonised standard EN 62115:2005 ‘Electric toys – Safety’ is adopted which makes provision for the addition of further warnings to ensure better consumer information on the hazards associated with swallowing coin batteries. It updates the accessibility requirements for coin and button batteries, to ensure a higher level of protection, and it adds new requirements for toys connected to domestic appliances, including computers, to protect users from electric shock. It also revises the testing criteria for electrical toys.

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  1. Commission Implementing Decision - 557 KB - pdf
  2. EM Unnumbered Document - 83 KB - pdf

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