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Toys and Childcare

Your industry, our focus

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The Scenario

 In this era of globalized sourcing, importers, retailers and manufacturers are facing important challenges, especially in the Toys & Children Products’ industry, definitely one of the most highly regulated.

Most national and international authorities impart civil and penal liability upon the importer, considered to have the same responsibilities as a manufacturer. 

It is our endeavour to be a Quality Assurance and Control global solution provider for the business lines we specialize on, toys being one of our dearest specialties and certainly the one we care about with most dedication 

Reasons to Choose Eurofins
  • Eurofins’ technical managers are involved in different Standardization Committees and Industry Associations for toys, keeping the company abreast of the most updated regulatory and market trends.
  • Operational labs are located in Asia’s major production hubs in order to deliver fast, skilled and joint lab testing, certification, inspection and auditing services.
  • We can likewise offer you high level regulatory consultancy and testing services from our European and American labs, among which our Notified body for toys in the UK.
Our Service Scope

Customizable Services 

Committed to be your reliable quality control solution provider, Eurofins takes a proactive position in securing and monitoring all the steps of your supply chain, separately or as a whole.

From collection review, product concept assessment and regulatory consultancy, all the way through testing and product inspections, down to market surveillance control plans, Eurofins is able to deliver professional and customized solutions

 

Consultancy Services

  • Technical Sheets generation: compilation of regulations requirements applicable per product/market.
  • Assistance on documentary review and set up of technical dossiers (TCF).
  • Markings review: Label, artwork, instruction manual review according to different legislations and destination markets.
  • Protocols Ad-hoc development according to customer´s request and expected/intended use of the product (Critical control points)
  • EU REACH assessment, registration, dossier preparation
  • Toy risk assessment

Lab Testing Services

To accomplish our assessment services and from a network of over 20 laboratories, Eurofins is fully competent to help you meeting the destination market standards for your imported products, by providing a range of lab testing services, englobed as follows:

  • Physical and mechanical testing - Evaluation of the products’ resistance, usage and overall safety.
  • Chemical testing - Appraisal of the presence of restricted substances or any unwanted hazardous chemicals.
  • Electrical testing - Based on the relevant product standards.
  • Fitness for use and performance - By direct or comparative testing procedures.

Global Toy Safety

Through our international network of laboratories and competence centers, Eurofins is able to provide a comprehensive global offer for toy testing compliance for the following destination markets, within others:

International

  • ISO 8124 Series standards

Europe

  • Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC (TSD)
  • EN 71 Series Standards
  • REACH Regulation (SVHC, Annex XVII, Annex XIV…)
  • Regulation (EC) 1272/2008: classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures (CLP)
  • Cosmetic Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009
  • For electrical toys: EN 62115, RoHS, EMC, RED and Battery Directives
  • Persistent Organic Pollutants (POP) Regulation
  • Regulation (EC) No 1935/2004- Materials in contact with food (including national deviations)
  • Directive 87/357/EEC- Products imitating food
  • French Decree of 26 October 2015 - Formamide on puzzle mats
  • Danish Statutory orders No 855 and 866 – Phthalates and lead

Australia & New Zealand 

  • AS/NZS ISO 8124-1- Mechanical and physical properties
  • AS/NZS ISO 8124-2- Flammability
  • AS/NZS ISO 8124-3- Migration of certain elements
  • Specific Consumer Product Safety Standards (mandatory standards) and bans on certain products

Canada

  • SOR/2011-17 - Toys regulations
  • SOR/2016-188 - Phthalates regulations
  • SOR/2016-193 - Surface coating materials regulations
  • SOR/2016-194 - Textile flammability regulations
  • SOR/2010-273 - Consumer products containing lead (contact with mouth) regulations
  • Upholstered and stuffed articles - Ontario, Manitoba, Quebec

Japan

  • Japan Food Sanitation Law. Section 4
  • Japan Toy Safety Standard ST (Industry Standard):
    • Physical & mechanical properties
    • Flammability
    • Chemical properties

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The objective
  • Evaluate the performance of a product in a repeatable and reliable way taking into account its real use by real consumers.
  • Our protocols follow:
    • Industry standard
    • or in-house developed methods
  • Flash test (Under the vigilance of a technical expert)
  • Comparative or hedonic use test on lambda consumers
  • Focus group, etc.…

All data obtained during the test are statistically treated and monitored using different systems (Friedemann, Student, Anova, and more), depending on the final objective and the  established test protoco

Accreditations
  • China: 
    • A2LA, CNAS, CMA, CPSC, IEC, CB Testing Lab (mechanical, physical, flammability, chemical, electrical, food contact)
  • Germany 
    • DAkkS, ZLS (mechanical, physical, flammability, chemical, electrical, cosmetics, food contact)
  • Denmark 
    • DANAK, CPSC - (lead and chemical VOC testing)
  • France 
    • COFRAC, GLP (mechanical, physical and flammability, cosmetics)
  • UK 
    • UKAS, Notified Body (EU Toy Safety Directive)
  • US
    • ISO 17025 (PJLA), CPSC
  • Japan
    • ISO 17025, MHLW (Toys, Food contact)

 

Acronyms

 

Acronym

Descriptions

TCF

Technical Construction File (or Technical Compliance File)

TSD

Toy Safety Directive

SVHC

Substances of Very High Concern

CLP

Classification, Labelling and Packaging

RoHS

Restriction of Hazardous Substances

EMC

Electromagnetic Compatibility

RED

Radio Equipment Directive

ASTM

American Society for Testing and Materials

CFR

Code of Federal Regulations

CPSIA

Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act

LHAMA

Labeling of Hazardous Art Materials Act

TSCA

Toxic Substances Control Act

A2LA

American Association for Laboratory Accreditation

CNAS

China National Accreditation Service

CMA

China Metrology Accreditation

CPSC

Consumer Product Safety Commission

DAkkS

Deutsche Akkreditierungsstelle GmbH (National Accreditation body for the Federal Republic of Germany)

ZLS

Zentralstelle der Länder für Sicherheitstechnik  (Central Authority of the German Federal States for Safety)

DANAK

Den danske akkrediteringsfond (National Accreditation body in Denmark)

COFRAC

Comité Français d’Accréditation  (National Accreditation body in France)

GLP

Good Laboratory Practices

UKAS

United Kingdom Accreditation Service

PJLA

Perry Johnson Laboratory Accreditation, Inc  (for third-party accreditation services)

MHLW

Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (Japan)

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