whether a product is a toy or just a decorative or collectible product can be
hard. The European Union (EU) Commission and Member States Toy Expert Group has
recently published Guidance Document No. 20 to help stakeholders decide whether
their product comes under the scope of the EU Directive 2009/48/EC, the
so-called Toy Safety Directive (TSD). If a product is purely decorative or
collectible, and not a toy, then it does not come under the scope of the TSD.
to TSD, products within its scope will be “designed or intended, whether or not
exclusively, for use in play by children under 14 years of age.” However,
assessing the play value of a product can be difficult.
Document No. 20 has been published to help clarify these matters. It contains
criteria and examples to help stakeholders differentiate between toys and
see a summary of the contents of this guidance document, view SGS’s original
SafeGuard 104/21. It contains details of how you can differentiate between
product types, with images as examples.
should be aware that products not under the scope of the TSD are still required
to comply with the General Product Safety Directive.
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
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