Test requirements are one of the most important things when it comes to children. This is because playing is an essential part of growing up; developing them in many ways. With this in mind, the key aspect of toys is that they have to be safe. Therefore the European Union, has set the Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC to ensure that toys marketed in the EU do not put children at risk. With this EU legislation it aims to ensure that toys meet safety requirements that are amongst the strictest in the world, especially in relation to the use of chemicals in toys.
As well as the main directive of toy specific products, the General Product Safety Directive (GPSD) 2001/95/EC also covers the basics in which a product as allowed to enter the European common market.
Breakdown of The Directive and it’s application to Test Requirements.
- Chemicals that are susceptible to cause cancer, change genetic information, harm fertility or harm an unborn child (so-called CMR substances) are not allowed in accessible parts of toys.
- The main 19 ‘heavy elements’ like mercury and cadmium are not allowed in toy parts accessible to children beyond the limits laid down in the directive.
- 55 fragrances that are said to cause allergies have been banned and another 11 have to be indicated on the label because they are potentially allergenic for particular consumers.
Obligations Needed Manufacturer to meet EU Test Requirements.
1. When placing their toys on the market, manufacturers shall ensure that they have been designed and manufactured in accordance with EU requirements.
3. Manufacturers shall keep the technical documentation and the EC declaration of conformity for a period of 10 years after the toy has been placed on the market.
4. Changes in toy design or characteristics and changes in its standards need to be declared. When deemed appropriate with regard to the risks presented by a toy, manufacturers shall keep a registry of complaints while keeping the distributors informed.
5. Ensure that their toys bear a type, batch, serial or model number or other element allowing their identification.
6. Manufacturers shall indicate their name, registered trade name or registered trade mark and the address at which they can be contacted on the toy or packaging.
7. Manufacturers shall ensure that the toy is accompanied by instructions and safety information.
Test Requirements ODM Does to ensure these are met
The threat of somebody visiting a factory already pushes factories to improve the quality level of their workmanship since they are aware that failed quality results in cancelled orders. ODM strongly emphasizes inspection of every production before shipment to maintain quality products. Here are the six main tests carried out by our company:
- Factory Audit before awarding business
- Testing Before production with laboratories
- QC at start of production
- QC midway through production
- Quality checking before shipping out
- Container Loading inspection.
With these checks, before, during and after the manufacturing process, the pressure of western quality control and what is to be expected has a great influence over these factories. Regular checks ensure that the products are a good quality. It also ensures that they suit both the General Product Safety Directive as well as the more important Toy Safety Directive.
ODM Ensure that your products are kept at the highest quality and the way you expect it. If you are interested in sourcing promotional products from China or having your next item designed by our Mindsparkz team then contact us today for a quote.