Updated Toy Flammability Standard Released in Europe

Suppliers of toys to
European Union (EU) markets should be aware that an updated toy flammability
standard – EN 71-2:2020 – has been published. The update follows an unfortunate
accident in the United Kingdom involving a child’s Halloween fancy dress.

Issued on December
9, 2020, the new standard applies to all toys offered onto the market in the
EU. It also sets out specific requirements relating to certain toy types:

  • Toys worn on the head:
    1. Beards, moustaches, wigs, etc. made from pile or flowing elements
    2. Masks
    3. Hoods, headdresses, etc.
  • Toy disguise costumes and toys intended
    to be worn by a child in play
  • Toys intended to be entered by a child
    and constructed from textiles and/or polymer sheets and films
  • Soft-filled toys

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Stakeholders should be aware it does not apply to
paper and paperboard hats without embellishments or attachments.

The primary
changes brought in by the new standard include:

  • New
    definition of disguise costume
  • Disguise
    costumes must now to be tested before and after washing (applies even if the
    instructions state not to wash)
  • Sample
    preparation method has been changed – now allowing smaller and narrower pieces
    to be tested and clarifying that seams and fillings should be included in the
  • Test
    methods have been better detailed
  • The
    guidance on how to classify toys has been transferred from TR 15371-1. The
    guidance clarifies which requirements in EN 71-2 related to clauses 4.1 to
    4.2.5 apply to certain toys

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The updated
standard supersedes EN 71-2:2011 +A1:2014. It is not currently harmonized and
only once it has been accepted by the EU Commission and Member States
by publication in the Official Journal of the EU
(OJEU) can it be used to show compliance to the EU Toy Directive 2009/48/EC

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