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UK: BEIS updates the designated standard for electric toys

DECEMBER 2023 - TOYS AND CHILDREN'S PRODUCTS

On 22 November 2023, the UK's Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) issued a new notice of publication, 0093/231, focusing on toy safety. This update aligns with the harmonised standards already referenced in the EU.

The primary focus of the notice is to update the reference to the standard for electric toys. The previous standard, EN 62115:2005, and previous amendments have been replaced by the latest version, EN IEC 62115:2020, joined by its A11:2020. This update addresses growing concerns about the accessibility of small batteries in toys and their potential hazards.

Compliance with designated standards demonstrates the presumption of conformity to Toys (Safety) Regulations (S.I. 2011/1881)2. This notice also encourages additional voluntary measures for toys containing these batteries. These measures include providing information in the accompanying instruction manual, prominent warnings on packaging, and pictorial hazard markings on the toys.

The new designation of EN 62115 is as follows:

No. Reference of standard
11          

EN IEC 62115:2020 
Electric toys — Safety 
EN IEC 62115:2020/A11:2020 

Informative Note: The presumption of conformity with the essential requirements of the Toys (Safety) Regulations, as provided for in those Regulations, applies through application of the above standard. 

The content of this note has been brought to the attention of the relevant standard committee in respect to toys containing or supplied with button and coin type batteries to consider the additional measures below for the next revision of the standard. 

In the meantime, users of EN 62115 are encouraged to follow the additional voluntary measures below for any toys that contain a coin or button battery: 

(a) For button and coin batteries - appropriate warnings on the packaging of toys, indicating the presence and hazards associated with such batteries, as well as actions to be taken in the event of a battery being swallowed or inserted into the body. As well as consideration for an appropriate graphical symbol to accompany these warnings. 

(b) Where practical and appropriate placing a pictorial warning and/or hazard marking on toys containing a button or coin battery. 

(c) Provision of information in the toy’s accompanying instruction manual (or on its packaging) of the symptoms of button or coin battery ingestion and the need to seek immediate medical attention in the event of such a suspected ingestion.

(d) Where coin or button batteries are supplied with a toy, and these are not pre-installed in the battery compartment; these batteries should be supplied in child resistant packaging and appropriate warning markings placed on this packaging. 

(e) Using coin and button batteries that are durably and indelibly marked with a pictorial warning indicating they should be kept out of reach of children or vulnerable persons.

 

[1] Notice of publication 0093/23 of 22 November 2023

[2] The Toys (Safety) Regulations 2011


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