The EU Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC

All toys that are sold in the European Market must meet the standards set out in the EU Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC to ensure that the product is safe and fit for purpose. Manufactures, retailers and importers are responsible to ensure that their products comply with the essential safety requirements stated in 2009/48/EC and undergo relevant testing according to the harmonized European toy safety standards to demonstrate their compliance accordingly.



The EU legislation concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization & Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) aims toprovide high level protection for human health and the environment from the use of hazardous chemicals.REACH establishes a mandatory registration system for chemical substances that requires the traceability of chemicals and the identification of chemical substances within goods that are sold in the European market.

Toys and children’s products manufactures, distributors, retailers and importers are responsible for compliance and managing the risks associated with their chemical uses under the Annex XVII of REACH which contains the list of restrictions on certain hazardous substances, mixtures and articles for their marketing and use on the European market.


STC offers comprehensive testing services for toys and children’s products to ensure safety and regulatory compliance. 


Our European Toy Safety Testing services include:


EN71 Testing

  • Part 1 – Physical and Mechanical Test
  • Part 2 – Flammability Test
  • Part 3 – Migration of Toxic Elements Test
  • Part 4 – Experimental Set for Chemistry
  • Part 5 – Chemical Toys (Sets) Other than Experimental Sets
  • Part 7 – Finger Paints
  • Part 8 – Swings, Slides & Similar Activity Toys for Indoor & Outdoor Family Domestic Use
  • Part 9 – Organic Chemical Compounds
  • Part 12 – Nitroamines & Nitrosatables substances
  • Part 13 – Fragrances in Certain Toys
  • Part 14 – Trampolines for Domestic Use



  • Azocolorants & Azodyes
  • Benzene
  • Cadmium
  • DMF (Dimethylfumarate) (2011/135/EU)
  • Lead in Jewelry Products
  • Nickel and its compounds
  • Nonylphenol(NP) & Nonylphenol Epoxyentes (NPE)
  • Organotin (DBT, TBT, TPhT, DOT)
  • PAHs (Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons)
  • Phthalates Content in Plasticized Materials
  • SCCP (Short Chain Chlorinated Paraffins)
  • Toluene 


For more information about European Toy Safety, EN71 Testing, or REACH Compliance, please feel free to contact us.