SGS Summarizes Revisions to EU Guidance on Aquatic Toys

SGS, the world’s leading testing, inspection and certification company, has published SafeGuardS 023.24 to provide stakeholders with an overview of the revised guidance on aquatic toys issued by the European Union (EU) in December 2023. This guidance helps businesses clarify whether an aquatic product is a toy or not.

Changes to guidance document number 7 include:
– Providing additional information regarding inflatable bath toys with the inclusion of examples of toys intended to bear the weight of a child and not
– Clarification that fish rings intended to be thrown to the bottom of a mini or small pool for a child to pick up while sitting are toys. This separates them from diving sticks with no play value intended for dive practice

It also seeks to clarify that the following products are not toys:
– Inflatable floating leisure articles larger than 1.20 m (examples):
1. Tubes
2. With child-appealing design (candy, watermelons)
3. Animal patterns (cat faces) or animal shapes (swans, unicorns, etc.)
4. Mattresses
– Swimming aids
– Snorkeling masks
– Diving rings and other diving products
– Baby floats, baby lying rings and baby neck-rings
– Water walking balls

SGS experts publish SafeGuardS to provide stakeholders with information on the latest regulatory and market changes that may impact their business. SafeGuardS 023.24 summarizes the revised guidance and provides a link to the original document.

SGS Toy & Juvenile Product Services
SGS offers a wide range of services to ensure that products comply with relevant standards for childcare articles and children’s equipment. They provide consulting, training, product development, testing, audit and inspection services to ensure that products comply with strict regulations worldwide, demonstrating the safety and quality of juvenile products being brought to the market. After all, it’s only trusted because it’s tested. Learn more about SGS’s Toy & Juvenile Product Services.

SGS SafeGuardS keep you up to date with the latest news and developments in the consumer goods industry. Read the full EU Commission publishes revised guidance on aquatic toys SafeGuardS.

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For further information contact:

Sanda Stefanovic
Toy Business Development and Technical Manager
Tel:(+31) 651542190
LinkedIn: SGS Connectivity & Products

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