SAFEGUARDS | Hardgoods, Toys & Juvenile Products NO. 143/15

SafeGuardS baby with soother

The EU has recently withdrawn a number of standards from the General Product Safety Directive (GPSD). The date of entry into force will be 20 August 2015.

The General Product Safety Directive 2001/95/EC (GPSD) [1] is an important piece of legislation in demonstrating presumption of conformity for certain product categories where there is no specific European regulation.

In January 2015, the EU published Commission Communication 2015/C 014/03 [2] harmonizing a wide range of standards for demonstration of compliance with the GPSD.

On 31 July 2015, the European Union published Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2015/1320 [3] announcing the withdrawal of certain standards from the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) for presumption of conformity with the General Product Safety Directive 2001/95/EC (GPSD). These standards are:

  • EN 12586:1999 and EN 12586:1999/AC:2002 ‘Soother Holders’
  • EN 1400 Parts 1-3: 2002 ‘Soothers’
  • ŸEN 13138-2:2002 ‘Buoyancy aids for swimming instructions’
  • EN 1860-1:2003 ‘Barbecues’’

Although this Decision has not indicated the replacement standards, one can assume that the latest version of these standards would be accepted for presumption of conformity with the GPSD for those hazards covered by the standard.

The Commission Implementing Decision will enter into force on 20 August, 2015. Highlights of the Implementing Decision are summarized in Table 1.

table 1

Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2015/1320




Date of withdrawal from OJEU


EN 12586:1999 and

EN 12586:1999/AC:2002

Child use and care articles – Soother holders – Safety requirements

20 August 2015


EN 1400-1:2002

EN 1400-2:2002

EN 1400-3:2002 

Child use and care articles – Soothers for babies and young children:

  • -Ÿ Part 1: General safety requirements and product information
  • Ÿ- Part 2: Mechanical requirements and tests
  • Ÿ- Part 3: Chemical requirements and tests


EN 13138-2:2002

Buoyant aids for swimming instruction –Part 2: Safety requirements and test methods for buoyant aids to be held


EN 1860-1:2003

Appliances, solid fuels and firelighters for barbecue Part 1: Barbecues burning solid fuels – requirements and test methods

Throughout our global network of laboratories, we are able to provide a range of services, including analytical testing and consultancy for consumer products to comply with the General Product Safety Directive for the EU and international markets. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information.

For enquiries, please contact:

Hing Wo Tsang
Global Toys and Juvenile Products
t: +852 2774 7420

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