SGS Publishes SafeGuardS on New EU Guidance for Classifying Toys

SGS, the world’s leading testing, inspection and certification company, has published a SafeGuardS looking at new guidance issued by the EU Commission experts covering toy classification.

The guidance document covers whether a toy is aimed at a child aged under three or three years and over. This is because EU 2009/48/EC, the so-called Toy Safety Directive (TSD), sets more stringent requirements for toys intended for children aged less than three years of age.

Very young children are considered at greater risk because of their limited capabilities. For example, they are at higher risk of choking or suffocating because they will explore a toy by putting it into their mouth. TSD requirements therefore seek to safeguard them. 

SGS SafeGuardS 018.23 looks at the expansion to classification guidance document 11. Originally issued in 2009, it covered puzzles, dolls and soft and stuffed toys. However, since there are now many more categories of toy on the market, it has been expanded. 

SGS SafeGuardS 018.23 lists these new categories and provides information on the way to define play value in a toy intended for children under 36 months.

To learn more, Stakeholders are advised to review SGS’s original SafeGuardS 018.23.

SGS EU Toy Directive Services
SGS offers a wide range of services to ensure that products comply with the EU Toy Safety Directive. They offer training, safety/risk assessment, technical documentation check, labelling review, testing according to harmonized standards, SVHC screening, inspections and audits. They have the world’s largest network of toy experts and testing facilities, including around 20 toy laboratories and three 3 EU Notified Bodies (France, Germany and Netherlands). After all, it’s only trusted because it’s tested. Learn more about SGS’s EU Toy Directive Services.

SGS SafeGuardS keep you up to date with the latest news and developments in the consumer goods industry. Read the full New EU toy guidance 11: how to classify toys for under three years of age or of three years and over SafeGuardS.

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For further information contact:

Sanda Stefanovic
Toy Business Development and Technical Manager
Tel: +31 (0)6 5154 2190
LinkedIn: sgs-consumer-goods-&-retail

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