Relevant for: Toys
The 3rd amendment to the EU toy standard EN 71 Part 1: mechanical and physical properties was published on 12 March 2014 as EN 71-1:2011+A3:2014. The publication incorporates all three amendments so far (Amendment A2 was on acoustics and Amendment A1 was never published).
EN 71-1:2011+A3:2014 will supersede the current standard EN 71-1:2011+A2:2013 from 1 October 2014.
The following are highlights of some of the main changes in this amendment:
Paper and paperboard requirements
Small part exemption list
- Felt and elastic fabric are added in the list
- Elastic is removed from the list
- Thickness requirement is now applicable to bags made of flexible plastics of an area more than 100 mm x 100 mm, measured without cutting the bag open. This is in contrast to the previous requirement where the opening perimeter must be greater than 380 mm.
As a result of the consideration and adoption of the appropriate sections in ISO/IEC Guide 37 and CEN/CENELEC Guide 11, good practice for the visibility and legibility of warnings, markings and instructions for use are given in this Amendment. Some examples include:
- Placing the warning in a prominent position on the toy and/or its packaging
- The colour of the warning and age warning symbol should be in sharp contrast with the colour of the background
- Avoid highly reflecting surfaces and highly reflecting glossy paper that lead to poor legibility for surfaces displaying the warning text
- Sans-serif font types are preferred
- Placing the warning in a logical direction (e.g. the normal orientation of the toy)