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Important updates to EN71-1

Important updates to EN71-1

Important updates to EN71-1

Hello Toy makers, here’s an update you’ve all been dreading…. some changes to the regulations have come into force.

These particular amendments affect Fancy dress makers, and anyone working with cords and perhaps straps.

I’ve updated the loops and lengths wiki document for members as best I can, but its best used alongside the EN71 itsself for more clarity.

So here’s a simplified list of changes, we recommend checking the loops and links wiki if you are a member, and reading the EN71-1 amendments which are marked as A1 on the regulation document on the manchester link in free resources for the full regulations.

Drawstrings in fancy dress:

  • The drawstring rules that apply to children’s clothing, now apply to fancy dress/disguise costumes too (see Hants web advice) or the regs: Drawstrings in clothing EN14682


  • The definition of cord has been clarified to say that a cord is any flexible textile in which the length is significantly longer than the width and depth  – this may well affect tutu makers who are working with strips of tulle

    The definition of fixed loop has been clarified to say that a fixed loop could be knotted, hook and looped, stitched

    The definition of noose has been clarified to make it so that its clear that it means a loop in a cord or chain which can reduce the perimeter of a loop as its pulled

  • Clarification of straps has been added to point out it doesn’t include shoulder straps or waist straps in its definition – this may make it easier for dolly sling and costume makers to clarify what the straps rules are.
  • A whole new category has been added in types of cords –  Cords that could potentially create a tangled loop – defined as a cord or chain which is likely to create a loop without much manipulation – with knots or attachments or in crochet – curls.
  • Along with this category is a set of rules which includes how to make safe two cords that are likely to tangle together, by ensuring they have safe breakaway features, or by shortening them. Most vitally in this is that if the two cords meet and can tangle, the total length is counted including the space between them on the toy – this could mean big changes in some toys such as crocheted Octopus, as the two cords and the body of the toy would mean the length of the tentacles would need to be much shorter.  There is also a new test for this which includes stretching the toy with a weight of 25n.  – much of this does depend on the age range of the toy, with under 18 months being stricter than over 18 months.
  • Breakaway points must be re-usable in that the breaking of the cord does not effect the toy, so that it can be rejoined together (to avoid needing to be tied together causing a fixed loop where it wouldn’t be safe)

Toys for prams and cots

Toys to be strung across cots and prams must have a warning permanently fixed to them.

What to do now?

Run a risk assessment on your toy designs according to the new amendments and alter your toy accordingly.

Does my toy contain cords?
Does my toy contain straps?
Does my toy contain cords that could tangle? noose?
If so – what are the lengths of the cords, can the tangle points meet to create a loop?
Does my toy have loops? what are the perimeter?
Do I need breakaway points? are my breakaway points reusable?
What is the age my toy is aimed at? are my lengths and loops appropriate for this age?
Are my warnings sufficient and attached as they should be?

If you get stuck, post in the community group and we’ll see how we can help!

good luck!



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