The UK Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) has announced that they will be conducting a nationwide survey of disguise costumes to determine if they comply with EN71-2, the European flammability standard for toys.
The news release states three objectives:
- Trading Standards to carry out spot checks on children’s fancy dress costumes for sale across the UK
- BIS and British Standards Institute (BSI) assessing whether European safety standards are tough enough
- News comes ahead of national fire safety campaign
Why It Matters
Trading Standards inspectors will conduct inspections of disguise costumes, at the retailer level, in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The costumes will be subjected to flammability testing against European Standard EN 71-2 which specifies flammability requirements for toys.
The safety requirements of safety for children’s disguise costumes are covered by EU Directive 2009/48/EC on the safety of toys, transposed into UK law by the Toys (Safety) Regulations 2011.
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