SAFEGUARDS | Toys & Juvenile Products NO. 183/15

The European Committee for Standardisation (CEN) has published the toy safety standard EN 71-5:2015 for chemical toys (sets) other than experimental sets. Conflicting national standards shall be withdrawn by 31 March, 2016, at the very latest.

In mid-2013, we informed you that the toy safety standard EN 71-5:2013 ‘Chemical toys (sets) other than experimental sets’ was published [1] by the Comité Europeén de Normalisation (CEN, European Committee for Standardisation) and harmonised [2] for demonstrating presumption of conformity with the Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC (TSD) by publication in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU).

On 23 September, 2015, the new toy safety standard EN 71-5:2015 'Chemical toys (sets) other than experimental sets' was published by CEN.[3] This new standard is now available on a commercial basis at the national standards organisations such as the British Standards Institution (BSI).[4]

The new standard EN 71-5:2015 has a number of important changes, including:

  • The replacement of 'Plastic moulding sets' with 'Polystyrene granules sets' as part of the scope (clause 1)
  • The withdrawal of 'Ceramic and vitreous enamelling materials supplied in miniature workshop sets' as part of the scope, and references to their test methods and requirements
  • The withdrawal of 'phthalic acid esters with straight-chain aliphatic (C6 upwards except C8) alcohols and mixtures of these ester' (Table 1, clause  5.1) and rationale for 'phthalates' (Annex D)
  • The replacement of 'Petroleum fraction (60 to 140) °C' with 'Petroleum fraction (35 to 160) °C', and 'Petroleum  fraction (135 to 210) °C' with 'Hydrocarbons, C9-C16, hydrotreated, dearomatized' (Table 11, clause

According to CEN, this new standard is expected to be harmonised under the TSD upon official acceptance by the European Commission (EC) and by publication in the OJEU. Any conflicting national standards shall be withdrawn by 31 March, 2016 at the very latest.

Highlights of the new standard, including a comparison with the existing standard method EN 71-5:2013, are summarised in Table 1.

Table 1


Standard Method

EN 71-5:2015

EN 71-5:2013


Safety of toys Part 5: Chemical toys (sets) other than experimental sets


  • - Adhesives, paints, lacquers, varnishes, thinners and cleaning agents (solvents), supplied or recommended in model sets
  • - Embedding sets
  • - Oven-hardening plasticised PVC modelling clay sets
  • - Plaster of Paris (gypsum) moulding sets
  • - Polystyrene granules sets
  • - Plastic moulding sets
  • - Ceramic and vitreous enamelling materials supplied in miniature workshop sets


  • - Expected to be cited in the OJEU for presumption of conformity with the TSD.
  • - Conflicting national standards shall be withdrawn by 31 March, 2016, at the very latest.

In force

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