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The EU toy safety standard, EN 71–1, has gone through some major changes for the first time since 2014. EN 71–1 focuses on the mechanical and physical traits of a toy by evaluating if any of those features could potentially injure a child while they are playing or handling the toy. Outlined below are some of the notable changes to EN 71–1:2014+A1:2018.

1. Projectiles

There were several new projectile updates introduced in EN 71–1:2014+A1:2018. This includes new requirements for impact resistance, improvised projectiles, toy catapults and projectiles propelled by an elastic band, certain projectiles without stored energy and leading parts including suction cups. Additionally, the update includes an introduction to the principle of using kinetic energy density in assessing projectiles with stored energy along with other added exemption criteria.

2. Toy Disguise Costumes

The revised EN 71–1 states that toy disguise costumes shall comply with the applicable requirements of EN 14682 although this requirement shall not apply to cords on toy disguise costumes because cords have their own separate requirements.

3. Cords

The cord section of EN 71–1 went through a complete revision of the requirements. The standard now groups the requirements into “Cords and chains in toys intended for children under 18 months” and “Cords and chains in toys intended for children of 18 months or over but under 36 months” with the goal to help clarify the requirements of cord or chains with the potential to tangle. Additional changes to the cord and chain requirements include clarification of requirements for electrical cables, new requirements for toys intended to be attached to a cradle, cot or perambulator and new requirements for sledges with cords for
pulling.

4. Other Changes

Some other changes in EN 71–1:2014+A1:2018 include a clarification of requirements for stoppers on inflatable and aquatic toys, updated test methods related to projectile toys, flying toys, cords and toy scooters, new requirements for flying toys, including requirements for rotors, propellers and certain remote controlled flying toys and other updates for clarifying certain requirements.

To learn more about EN 71–1:2014+A1:2018 and other key toy regulations, speak to a UL Global Subject Matter Expert.

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