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EU ADCO Issues Clarification that Soft Filled Toys with Sequins Should Be Age Graded

03-13-2019 03:04 PM CET | Business, Economy, Finances, Banking & Insurance

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The European Union (EU) Administrative Cooperation Group (ADCO) of toy experts has clarified the need for soft filled toys covered either fully or partially with sequins, to comply with the requirements for age grading.

Directive 2009/48/EC, often referred to as the European Toy Safety Directive (TSD), considers soft filled toys with simple features intended for holding and cuddling, to be toys aimed at children under 3 years of age. The publishing of this note on February 19, 2019, makes it clear soft filled toys with sequins having simple features intended for holding and cuddling must comply with these requirements, including the requirements for small parts.

Soft filled toys with sequins are currently seen as a new trend in toys. Sequins may, however, become detached when the material or connection is insufficiently strong to withstand the tensions being applied to it during normal play. This will present a risk to younger children.

Stakeholders should be aware the ADCO toy expert group represents the majority of the European market surveillance authorities.

SGS EU Toy Directive Services
SGS offers a wide range of services to ensure that products comply with the EU Toy Safety Directive. They offer training, safety/risk assessment, technical documentation check, labelling review, testing according to harmonized standards, SVHC screening, inspections and audits. They have the world’s largest network of toy experts and testing facilities, including around 20 toy laboratories and three 3 EU Notified Bodies (France, Germany and Netherlands). Learn more about SGS’s EU Toy Directive Services. [www.sgs.com/en/consumer-goods-retail/toys-and-juvenile-products/toys/eu-toy-safety-directive]

SGS SafeGuardS keep you up to date with the latest news and developments in the consumer goods industry. Read the full Plush Toys with Sequins Should Be Age Graded for Children under 3 Years of Age SafeGuardS. [www.sgs.com/en/news/2019/03/safeguards-03119-plush-toys-with-sequins-should-be-age-graded-for-children-under-3-years-of-age]

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