EN 71-8: 2018 Activity Toys for Domestic Use Standard is Revised
Revised European standard EN 71-8 was published in January 2018. The full revision includes many technical changes and clarifications.
SAFEGUARDS | Toys and juvenile Products NO. 019/18
The previous version of EN 71-8 was published in 2011, when it was updated to assure compliance to the 2009/48/EC toy directive that came into force in 2011. The 2018 revision is needed to improve and clarify requirements.
The following aspects have been changed:
Exclusions from the scope:
Trampolines are excluded from EN 71-8, as a dedicated standard is now published for trampolines EN 71-14
Paddling pools with a depth of more than 400mm. It is clarified how to measure the depth
The definition of forced movement (cannot be totally controlled by the user, falls are excluded) has been clarified and figures for examples of swings and slides have been improved
New clause to avoid water accumulation that could cause drowning
Head, neck and finger entrapment requirements have been revised to better align with the hazards
Related test methods have also been revised
Certain small slides, declined planes, are now excluded from the slide requirements
The junction between the sliding section and the run out section should be continuous curve
Requirements on the impact from swing elements have been revised
Requirements on the geometry and design of swing elements have been revised
New requirements added for fall protection on swings with double seats
Paddling pool warnings:
Revision of warnings for paddling pool. The prohibition pictogram is no longer required. Only the mandatory action sign is required:
Test methods for stability, head and neck entrapment, hood and hood-string entrapment (toggle test) have been revised
New test methods for swings with double seats
In order for this standard to be a harmonized standard, it needs to be in compliance with the 2009/48/EC toy directive and must be published in the Official Journal of the EU (OJEU). There is no fixed timeline for the publication in the OJEU. Past publications have been within several months.
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