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UK: BEIS updates designated standards for toy safety


The United Kingdom (UK) Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has announced the first update1 to the designated standards in support of the Toys (Safety) Regulations 2011 (S.I. 2011/1881). From 1 September 2022, toys intended for the Great Britain market which conform with the designated standards shall be presumed to comply with the essential safety requirements of the Regulations. 
The new designated standard list follows the notice of proposal2 to reference the latest version of certain parts of toy standard EN 71. The adoption of these standards will bring the UK in line with the harmonised standards already referenced in the EU, except the EN IEC 62115:2020+A11:2020 for electrical toys which is assumed to be still awaiting designation. 
List of references of standards that have been published and accordingly designated for the purposes of Toys Regulations starting 1 September 2022:

 Designated standard  Standard Title
 EN 71-1:2014+A1:2018 Safety of toys  Part 1: Mechanical and physical properties
 EN 71-2:2020  Safety of toys  Part 2: Flammability
 EN 71-3:2019+A1:2021

Safety of toys  Part 3: Migration of certain elements [See Notice 1]

 EN 71-4:2020 Safety of toys — Part 4: Experimental sets for chemistry and related activities
 EN 71-5:2015 Safety of toys — Part 5: Chemical toys (sets) other than experimental sets
 EN 71-7:2014+A3:2020 Safety of toys  Part 7: Finger paints - Requirements and test method
 EN 71-8:2018 Safety of toys  Part 8: Activity toys for domestic use
 EN 71-12:2016 Safety of toys — Part 12: N-and N-nitrosatable substances [See Notice 2]
 EN 71-13:2021

Safety of toys — Part 13: Olfactory board games, cosmetic kits and gustative games

 EN 71-14:2018 Safety of toys – Part 14: Trampolines for domestic use
 EN 62115:2005
 EN 62115:2005/A2:2011
 EN 62115:2005/A11:2012
 EN 62115:2005/A12:2015
 EN 62115:2005/A2:2011/AC:2011
Electric toys – Safety

Notice 1: The interpretation of clause 7 of the standard should be taken to require that test portions should not be made up of combined materials prior to the migration and analysis stages of the test.

Notice 2: The limit values in point a) of Table 2 of clause 4.2 of standard ‘EN 71-12:2016 Safety of toys — Part 12: N-Nitrosamines and N-nitrosatable substances’ are lower than the limit values to be complied with set in point 8 of part III of Annex II to S.I. 2011/1881. In particular those values are as follows:

 Substances EN 71-12:2016 S.I. 2011/1881
 N-nitrosamines  0.01 mg/kg  0.05 mg/kg
 N-nitrosatable substances  0.1 mg/kg  1 mg/kg


[1]  Notice of publication, 1 September 2022

[2]  Notice of proposal to publish, 3 August 2022

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