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Have your say on the Toy Safety Directive

Written by Narinder Williams on 10 October 2018

​​​​​​​The European Commission would like your views on how the Toy Safety Directive is working for your business.

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Through this evaluation exercise, the Commission is aiming to assess the performance of the Toy Safety Directive in relation to its original objectives. The main focus is around the level of toy safety required, safeguarding children's health and safety, and the functioning of Europe’s single market for toys . The evaluation will assess the effectiveness, efficiency, coherence with other legislation (both EU and UK legislation) and its relevance.

About the Directive Toy Safety Directive

The Toy Safety Directive (TSD) regulates the safety of toys and the functioning of the EU single market for toys. It was adopted in 2009 and has applied since July 2011, except for its extensive chemical provisions which have applied since July 2013.


The Directive aims to ensure a high level of toy safety, with a view to protecting the health and safety of children, and to guarantee that the same toy can be marketed throughout the EU by setting harmonised safety requirements for toys and minimum requirements for checks to make sure they comply.


The Directive lays down the 'essential' safety criteria that toys must meet before they can be marketed in the EU. Toys must also comply with any other EU legislation applicable to them. The essential safety requirements cover:


• general risks: the health and safety of children, as well as parents, carers and others

• particular risks: physical and mechanical, flammability, chemical, electrical, hygiene and radioactivity risks




So, in your view, does the Directive meet its objectives in ensuring a high level of safety of toys? Do you think it protects the health and safety of children?


To share your comments, please complete our short survey.  It won’t take long to complete and responses will be consolidated and anonymised before they are sent to the Commission.




However if you require any further information please contact our ‘enquiry line’ on 0300 123 3144 or e-mail contact@enterprise-europe.co.uk who will be happy to assist you.



The closing date for any replies is 12 December 2018.