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In this Toy Update, our experts tell you more about the issues surrounding the following frequently asked questions:

Will your remote-controlled helicopter EC type examination certificate be valid after EN 71-1: 2015 +A1:2018 comes into force?

The simple answer is YES.

EC type-examination certificates are issued for a period of five years, if design and production do not change. Many EC type-examination certificates have been issued based on Notified Body Protocol No. 3. Helicopter rotor requirements have now been included in the latest harmonized version of EN 71-1:2015 +A1:2018. This means EC type-examination may no longer be needed. Toys that hold an EC type-examination certificate can use it until the end of its period of validity. Please note that the requirements of Notified Body Protocol No. 3 and the latest version of EN 71-1:2015 +A1: 2018 are similar but not the same – requirements for warnings and instructions have changed.

Where do I need to print the CE-mark and what are the requirements?

The CE-mark is the manufacturer’s declaration of compliance with the Toy Safety Directive. It is intended for surveillance authorities and must be easy to check without opening the packaging. The manufacturer can choose where to print the CE-mark. It can be either on the toy, on an affixed label or on the packaging, but needs to be visible from outside the packaging. If it is not, it must be printed on the packaging.

The shape and size of the CE-mark is regulated. The form must be as indicated in the drawing, which includes the shape and distance of the letters. The CE-mark must be at least 5mm high.

CE Mark

What are the changes for toy projectiles released by an elastic band in EN 71-1:2015: +A1 :2018?

Toys released by an elastic band were not previously covered by EN 71-1. The reason for this was an old interpretation of the Toy Safety Directive that excluded such toys. The scope has now been re-worded and includes these toys and their requirements. New requirements for toy projectiles include kinetic energy, protective cap, impact resistance and warnings.

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