Toy Safety for Kids

Whether teddy bears, matchbox cars or building blocks: the safety of a toy must be guaranteed. Parents pay attention to independent tests that inspire confidence. Use Hohenstein's expertise to comply with toy safety regulations and meet customer expectations for a safe and high quality toys

Risk Management for Brands and Manufacturers

It is also important for manufacturers, brands and retailers to ensure the safety of toys on the market: 34% of the consumer complaints in the EU RAPEX list 2016 are about toys. The consequences: product recalls, damage claims, high costs and damage to public brands.

Our experts test toys independently and objectively according to different legal guidelines so we keep kids and reputations safe.

Toy Compliance Regulations and Standards

North American Toy Standards

Product safety

Toxic substances/lead

  • US - Toxics in Packaging (CPSC-CH-E1003-09.1, CPSC-CH-E1002-08.3, CPSC-CH-E1001-08.3, CPSC-CH-E1002-08.3, CTN 6339 & CTN 6340)
  • US states - Chemicals of High Concern for Children (CHCC)
  • US - Total lead in accessible substrate material: metal childrens products & jewelry - CPSIA, FHSA (CPSC-CH-E1001-08.3, 16 CFR Part 1500.87, 16 CFR Part 1500.88, 16 CFR Part 1500.89, 16 CFR Part 1500.90, 16 CFR Part 1500.91, 16 CFR Part 1109.21, 16 CFR Part 1252)
  • US - Total lead in accessible substrate material: non-metal childrens products - CPSIA, FHSA (CPSC-CH-E1002-08.3, 16 CFR Part 1500.87, 16 CFR Part 1500.88, 16 CFR Part 1500.89, 16 CFR Part 1500.90, 16 CFR Part 1500.91, 16 CFR Part 1109.21, 16 CFR Part 1252)
  • US - Children's products containing lead: inaccessible component parts - CPSIA, FHSA (CPSC-CH-E1002-08.3 - 16 CFR Part 1500.87, 16 CFR Part 1500.88, 16 CFR Part 1500.89, 16 CFR Part 1500.90, 16 CFR Part 1500.91, 16 CFR Part 1109.21, 16 CFR Part 1252)
  • US - Total lead containing paint/surface coating - CPSIA (CPSC-CH-E1003-09, CPSC-CH-E1003-09.1 - 16 CFR Part 1303, 16 CFR Part 1109.21, 16 CFR Part 1252)
  • US - Prohibition of articles for children containing phthalates - CPSIA (CPSC-CH-C1001-09.4 - 6 CFR Part 1307)
  • US - California Proposition 65 - various
  • Canada - Lead - Surface Coating Materials Regulations - Health Canada Method C02.2 (SOR/2016-193)

Labeling

  • US - Fiber content - AATCC 20 & AATCC 20A (16 CFR Part 303 & 16 CFR Part 300)
  • US - Care - visual inspection (16 CFR Part 423)
  • US - Choking - FHSA (16 CFR Part 1500.50, 16 CFR Part 1501)
  • US - Choking - Rattles - FHSA (16 CFR Part 1510)
  • US - CPSIA tracking labels for childrens products - visual inspection (15 U.S.C. 2063(a)(5))

Mechanical Hazards

  • US - Sharp accessible points test - hazardous conditions safety test before and after use, abuse testing - FHSA (16 CFR Part 1500.48)
  • US - Sharp accessible edges test - hazardous conditions safety test before and after use, abuse testing - FHSA (16 CFR Part 1500.49)
  • US - Torque test - FHSA (16 CFR Part 1500.53)

EU Toy Standards

Manufacture, import and sale of toys for children under 14 years in the European Economic Area

  • EU Law - EU Safety Directive (2009/48/EC)
  • Certification - EC type examination certificate - issued if all directive requirements are ment
  • Packaging - CE certification label (“Communauté Européenne” = European Community)
    Each toy or its packaging must be labeled with the CE label, which confirms that the toy has been manufactured in accordance with the harmonized European standards and meets the directive requirements.
  • EU General Product Safety Directive 2001/95/EC
  • EN 71 – Safety of toys
  • Chemicals
    • REACH regulation
    • POPs Regulation (EC) No. 850/2004
  • EU packaging regulation

Hohenstein tested toys mean business.

Toy Testing Benefits:

  • Objective and independent proof of product safety and quality
  • Prevention of product recalls and associated costs
  • Strengthening of market position and reputation

Why Hohenstein?

Our testing provides a neutral confirmation of product quality. We stand by our results with our strong reputation.

Contact
Ben Mead
Managing Director
Hohenstein Institute America