As the tools of play, toys are an important part of growing up and have a central role in children’s development, learning and wellbeing. Toys are also one of the most well-regulated consumer goods in the EU. Because they are destined for children to play with, they must be of a higher standard than many of the other everyday products children come into contact with.
Reputable companies understand and respect importance of safety by design
The reputable companies who make up the vast majority of the sector understand the importance of designing safety into their toys from the start of the development process. They invest a lot of time and resources into testing to make sure they are safe for children to play with.
EU's comprehensive legal framework helps keep toys safe
The Toy Safety Directive (TSD) is the reference point for industry. Manufacturers also ensure they are compliant with other relevant legislation, including REACH, the Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (RoHS), the Radio Equipment Directive (RED) and, when toys are built for connected play, the appropriate security and privacy regulations.
In addition to this, manufacturers look to the myriad of standards that have been developed over time to handle specific aspects of toy safety. Reputable manufacturers know that by following these rules, the toys that they put on the market will be safe.
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