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EU: CEN publishes new activity toys standard EN 71-8:2018

February 2018- Relevant for: Toys & children's products

On 10 January 2018, the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) published new toy standard EN 71-8:20181 for Activity toys for domestic use. By 31 July 2018, the new standard should be implemented at national level by publication of an identical national standard or by endorsement, and the conflicting national standards must be withdrawn.

EN 71-8 specifies requirements and test methods for activity toys for domestic use often attached to or incorporating a crossbeam, and similar toys intended for children under 14 years to play on or in and often intended to bear the mass of one or more children. However, this standard excludes playground equipment, bow-mounted rocking activity toys, toy pools with maximum depth of water over 400 mm measured, and toy trampolines.

See table below the highlights of the changes to new standard EN 71-8:2018.



Clause 1

Revised the list of exclusion, e.g. added trampolines for domestic use and specified the (toy) pools more precisely.


Added a new subclause on water accumulation.


Revised requirements on head and neck entrapment.


Added an additional subclause 4.5.1 which specifies that certain declined planes are exempted from the requirements in 4.5.

4.5.4 (former 4.5.1)

The requirement that slips must consist of at least one seat part, one slide part and one spout part and that the connection between the slip part and the spout part has to be a continuous curve has been added.

Revised the requirements on the impact from swing elements.

Revised the requirements on the geometry and design of swing elements.

Added new requirements regarding the fall protection of swings with double seat.


Revised the warning, marking and instructions requirements for paddling pools.


Revised the number of users on slides for stability and strength tests (Table 4).


Revised the stability tests for slides (6.2.3) and see-saws (6.2.5).


a) Added a requirement (6.3.1) that it shall be ensured that the toy element/toy is not materially affected by the test equipment during the strength tests and that tests shall be performed on undamaged toy/ toys elements.

b) Revised the strength test for swings with a crossbeam height of 1200 mm or less above the ground.


Revised the test for head and neck entrapment.


Revised the toggle test.


Added a new test method to measure the fall protection height of double-seat swings and to investigate the gaps between the swing seat and the fall arrest system.

Annex A

Revised the rationales on activity toys (A.1), entrapment (A.7) and swings (A.10) and added a new rationale on drowning hazards (A.14), Warnings (A.15).


[1] EN 71-8:2018

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