EU Toy Standard for Mechanical and Physical Properties is Amended (EN 71-1:2014+A1:2018)

17/07/18

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The EU toy standard for mechanical and physical properties has been amended and published by CEN.


Three relatively major draft amendments for Cords, Projectiles and “Various” requirements have been worked upon for the last few years and this has now resulted in the publication of a combined single amendment.


                                                             Summary of Changes


Cords

The requirements from EN 14682 (Cords and drawstrings on children’s clothing) have been introduced, with some modifications.  Cords that become detached from the costume by a force of 25N will be permitted. The requirements will apply to toy disguise costumes for children of all ages (not just for costumes for children under 36 months).


Also, clause 5.4 has been rewritten. The aim is to make the requirements clearer and easier to understand.


Projectiles

• to introduce a kinetic energy density requirement instead of kinetic energy. This takes into account the impact area of the projectile. A larger impact area will allow for a greater kinetic energy without increasing the risk of injury,

• to include a requirement about improvised projectiles. Projectile toys with stored energy should only be able to fire the projectiles that are supplied with the toy,

• a revised requirement for “leading parts” of projectiles, instead of tip radius,

• an exclusion for projectiles that travel only a short distance (300 mm maximum),

• new requirements for toy catapults and projectiles propelled by an elastic band,

• new requirements for rotors and propellers on flying toys


“Various”

• amended test method for scooters,

• clarification of requirements for stoppers on inflatable and aquatic toys,

• clarity on the braking requirements for free-wheeling tricycles with an attached parent handle,

• various other changes to tidy up and clarify certain requirements


Please refer to the actual standard for the full and detailed requirements.


It is anticipated that the amended standard will be “Harmonised” by the European Commission in due course and its reference should be published in the Official Journal. This publication will give a transitional period. During this period, either the current edition or the amended edition can be used to demonstrate conformity with the essential safety requirements of the Toy Directive 2009/48/EC.


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