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New EN71-1 Standard Published

The new Toy Safety Directive for Europe goes into effect July 20, 2011. New provisions under this directive have been included in the newly released version of EN71-1 (physical and mechanical standards for toys). Several changes from the previous version of EN71-1 exist in the areas of soft-filled toys, mouth-actuated toys, cords on toys, hemispheric and cylindrical packaging, inflatable toys, and warnings.

In the area of warnings, in particular, the new version requires that they must be visible to the consumer at the time of purchase. The applies to online and catalog sales in addition to point of purchase sales. A warning label must be preceded by the word “Warning.” This must be done even if the graphical symbol for warning is already being used. For more detailed information about the above mentioned changes to the EN71-1 standard, please contact us at


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