Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC

Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC

Directive 2009/48/EC covers products designed for use in the games of children under 14 years old. The products listed in the annex of the directive are not considered as toys under the said directive (Annex I).

Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC

This directive does not apply to toys listed below:

  • Playground equipment for human use
  • Automatic gaming machines for public use, coin operated or not
  • Toy vehicles equipped with internal combustion engines
  • toy steam engines
  • Slings and catapults

For the purposes of directive 2009/48/EC,

  • Placing on the market is the supply of a toy to consumers for distribution, consumption or use during a commercial activity.
  • A manufacturer is any natural or legal person who produces, designs or has a toy manufactured and markets that toy under a brand.
  • A harmonized standard means a standard accepted by one of the European standardization bodies listed in the annex of the directive 98/34/EC, the principles of this directive.
  • Community harmonization legislation means any legal act that harmonizes the conditions for the marketing of products.

The basic security requirements are explained as follows:

  • With regard to the general safety requirement, Member States must take all necessary measures to ensure that toys are not placed on the market unless they comply with the basic safety requirements described and the safety requirements contained in Annex II.
  • Toys, including the chemicals they contain, should not endanger the safety or health of users or third parties when used in an intended or predictable manner, taking into account the behavior of children.
  • Particularly when it comes to toys intended for use by children under 36 months or certain other age groups, the abilities of the users and their caregivers must be taken into account.
  • Labels and instructions for use supplied with toys and properly affixed must draw users' attention to the inherent dangers and risks of harm associated with the use of toys and ways to avoid such dangers and risks.
  • Toys placed on the market must comply with essential safety requirements during their foreseeable and normal life cycle.

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