EU ADCO, the EU market surveillance authorities, has published a notice to clarify the age grading of soft filled toys covered fully or partially with sequins.

SAFEGUARDS | Toys and Juvenile Products NO. 031/19

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On February 19, 2019 the EU ADCO toy expert group published a note about soft filled toys with sequins. The ADCO toy expert group represents the majority of the European market surveillance authorities.

According to the Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC soft filled toys with simple features, intended for holding and cuddling, are considered as toys intended for children under 3 years of age.

The group clarifies that such soft filled toys need to comply with requirements for toys for children of all ages, even when they are partly or fully covered by sequins. This includes requirements for small parts. Sequins that are sewn on to soft filled toys may detach when the material or the connection is not strong enough to withstand the tension force.

For full details of the note see:

Soft filled toys with sequins are seen as a new trend in toys.

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