Understanding the restrictions of your target markets
TÜV SÜD supports manufacturers, suppliers, retailers, and brands by performing the necessary tests according to specific regulatory requirements depending on the market in which the toy is to be sold and nature of the product.
Apart from Toy regulatory requirements, a toy or children's product may also be required to be tested according to other regulations that may be relevant such as toxicology, LHAMA certification, food safety regulations, labelling warning and packaging regulations.
The REACH regulation – Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 – is an European chemicals legislation. REACH places the responsibility for ensuring the safety of chemicals in products solely on those who place them on the market.
This means that, if chemicals are used or are present in products (called 'articles' in REACH) such as toys, textiles, and electrical and electronic products, they are affected by REACH restrictions. Although REACH is a European regulation, global trade means it also has profound impacts outside of the EU.
REACH compliance is far more than simply meeting chemicals requirements. With its numerous implementation timelines and different obligations for different products and actors in the supply chain, REACH compliance requires a business strategy that will meet all these evolving obligations in a timely manner. Decisions and investments must be based on sound business knowledge, technical competence and regulatory expertise. That's why there is no one-size-fits-all solution – every REACH compliance strategy is unique.
Let TÜV SÜD be your REACH solutions partner by providing you with the following services:
- Registration – a full range of services including third-party representative (TPR), only representative (OR), registration dossier preparation, chemical safety report preparation and GHS/CLP-related services
- Restriction – chemical testing for restricted substances and substances of very high concern (SVHC)
- Training – in-house REACH training and supplier training
- Expert Opinion – TÜV SÜD's knowledge services can help you select the most cost-effective chemical testing strategy based on risk assessment of the materials, as well as assist in the planning of your REACH compliance strategy
EU Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC
Directive 2009/48/EC is the latest revision of the European Toy Directive and of the harmonized European standards (EN 71 et seq.), which will become effective from July 2011 onwards. The Directive contains explicit tasks for manufacturers, importers, retailers and authorized representatives in the EU. For example, manufacturers must include a risk assessment within the scope of technical documentation. The range of risk assessment criteria extends from mechanical to hygiene hazards. Manufacturers must also take into account the foreseeable misuse of toys.
Overall, the amendments in the European toy law cover an abundance of individual information and detailed regulations. A real life example of how the directive could affect products is if a cereal packet comes with a small toy, the packaging must be provided with a warning that parents must not leave their children unattended while eating cereals.
From manufacturers, importers and retailers to authorized agents in the EU, the toy experts at TÜV SÜD support their clients, offering a broad service portfolio ranging from support during product development to expert opinion on risk assessment, as well as providing staff training in quality management or certification of production processes.
United States of America:
The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) sets out compliance, testing and certification requirements for children's products in the US. It includes limits on lead and phthalates in children's products, mandatory toy standards, and mandatory third-party testing and certification requirements.
With laboratories accredited by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), TÜV SÜD is uniquely placed to assist your business with CPSIA testing and certification requirements. By formulating and implementing reliable quality assurance systems, we help you avoid banned materials. Our significant hands-on experience in the children's products industry enables us to offer complete, tailor-made solutions.