EU Clarifies Which Standards Apply When Soother Holders Are Also Toys

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  • (1888PressRelease) October 16, 2019 - The European Commission (EC) has published Guidance Document No. 19 – On the Application of Directive 2009/48/EC on the Safety of Toys – Soother holders. Published by the Toy Expert Group on September 23, 2019, this document clarifies which European Union (EU) standards are relevant for particular soother holders.

    Soother holders attach a soother, or pacifier, to a child’s garment to prevent its loss. While many soother holders purely have a ‘keep-safe’ function, others have an additional ‘play value’. The second type, with ‘play value’, are also regarded as toys and therefore come under the scope of the EU Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC.

    Guidance Document No. 19 clarifies the differences between purely functional soother holders and soother holders with ‘play value’. The document includes examples of both types:
    • Soother holders that are NOT toys – these ‘functional soother holders’ have a simple strap with no play value. They may be designed to appeal to children. For these soother holders the General Product Safety Directive 2001/95/EC and the dedicated soother holder standard EN 12586 apply.
    • Soother holders with a play function will have additional features. These can include:
    o Intended interaction
    o Highly varying shaped elements (e.g. cars, flowers) in the same soother holder strap with beads
    o Rattle effect
    o Three-dimensional figurine (animal, child, etc.) built of various elements
    o Plush toys attached to the strap
    For these soother holders the General Product Safety Directive 2001/95/EC and the EU Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC apply.

    Stakeholders are advised to now check their soother holders conform to the correct standards.

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