More attention given to the safety of electric toys
The proposed changes are:
- Definition of the obligations of economic actors
- EC declaration of conformity drawn up by the manufacturer
- Safety and risk assessments (to be kept in the technical documentation)
- Production control requirements
- Chemical and mechanical properties requirements
Actively Enforcing Regulations
Many recent product recalls have involved remote-controlled or electric toys. The batteries inside a toy can overheat and possibly catch fire. This poses a burn or fire hazard to consumers. In addition to the mechanical, physical and chemical tests, electrical toys have to be tested for electrical safety. Electrical testing mainly covers short-circuit testing, resistance to heat testing and the checking of labeling requirements.
R&TTE, EMC and RoHS also Apply Toy radio controlled models also have to comply with the R&TTE Directive in addition to the requirements of the toy directive 88/378/EEC. Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) requirements (EU Directive 2004/108/EC) deal with the ability of the product to be immune to EMC phenomena and to ensure that EMC emissions do not interfere with other products.
Moreover electrical and electronic toys are required to meet the RoHS Directive and carry a wheeled bin symbol (WEEE Directive) if they need electricity to fulfill their basic primary function.
SGS offers quality assurance services for electronic and electrical toys including both specialized services and comprehensive testing. SGS Product Safety Integrity Engineering (PSIE) service can help ensure toys meet safety and industry requirements beginning at the design stage.
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