CEN Updates EU Toy Safety Standard EN 71-1

Top Quote The CEN has announced major revisions to toy safety standard EN 71-1 covering the requirements for cords and projectiles. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) July 22, 2018 - The European Committee for Standardization (CEN) has published important revisions to its toy safety standard – EN 71-1 – covering cords and projectiles.

    The standard has not changed since 2014 because the CEN adopted a new process that allows it to combine projects. The 2018 amendment, EN 71-1:2014+A1:2018, combines three projects:

    1. Cords – cords and drawstrings requirements for toy disguise costumes as regulated in standard EN 14682 had to be included in EN 71-1. The requirements apply to clothing which may become trapped when a child is moving. For example, hood cords when a child is on a slide or garment parts that can be trapped in moving vehicles (e.g. bus doors, ski lifts or bicycles). EN 71-1:2014+A1:2018 adopts the requirements of EN 14682 except cords that can easily break under a force of 25N.

    The amendment also adds clarity to interpretation:
    • How to define a strangulation hazard when there are two cords attached to a toy?
    • What is the difference between a cord, ribbon, strap or a rope?

    Furthermore, the organisation of clause 5.4 has been changed. Clause 5.4 for cords now groups the general requirements by age – “under 18 months” and “18-36 months” – and by including references to some specific toys – pull along toys, electrical cables and a new warning for cords on sledges

    2. Projectiles – beginning with a 2014 amendment to ISO 8124-1, this project aimed to harmonize requirements from the following toy safety standards – EN 71-1, ASTM F963 and ISO 8124. Although the basic principles are the same, there still are differences between EN 71-1, ASTM F963 and ISO 8124. The changes to EN 71-1 include:
    • Kinetic energy density which allows higher speed for projectiles that have a larger impact area
    • Exclusion of objects that fly less than 300 mm
    • Adopting ASTM improvised projectiles requirements

    It also includes requirements for projectiles propelled by an elastic band, which were previously outside the scope of the standard, and for rotors and propellers on flying toys like toy helicopters and toy drones

    3. Various – changes were also made following interpretation requests, including:
    • Clarification of stoppers requirements for aquatic toys and inflatable toys
    • Specification of impact test equipment for harmonising test performance
    • Clarification of the hinge line requirements

    The new version of the standard has been published by the CEN and is now available from some national standards bodies. To be allowed to show compliance with the European Toy Safety Directive, the standard must be accepted by the European Commission and Member States. Currently this has not happened, but when it does a period of transition will begin.

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