September 11, 2015
The European Committee for Standardization (CEN) has amended the EN 71-1 standard, which covers the mechanical and physical properties of toys.
Terms and definitions such as "cap-firing toy", "emission sound pressure level", "peak emission sound pressure level", "percussion toy", "pull-along or push toy", "time-averaged emission sound pressure level", "voice toy", "wind toy", and "maximum emission sound pressure level" have been added.
Three exposure categories have also been introduced to take into account the fact that the effective time of sound emission from a toy under use can vary considerably. New or revised limit values are defined for eleven toy types, which are defined in Clause 3 as well as "Toys using headphones or earphones".
A reference to the harmonized amendment has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union. The current standard will cease to show presumption of conformity from September 30, 2014.