Once you’ve created your toy design, soon new ideas are popping up everywhere on how you can move onto the next idea to take things further/make them more appealing/more portable/more user friendly. That is all part of the toy making fun! Sometimes these new additions need new testing (we know….) which is frustrating but all part of the process.
Heres a few tips for additions…
– New additions can be added as extra pages in your existing files, and depending on the addition it may not need a complete retest of the whole design.
– Additional parts that are completely made of fabric, not stuffed, and do not form a hard part, do not need additional testing. However any addition which could cause a choke risk does need testing to 9.2kg(hard parts) and 7.2kg for stuffed parts. Its open to interpretation as what is classed as a choke risk, a ribbon alone unstuffed does not, but sewn into a bow could potentially form a hard part if knotted. If its possible it would be best to make all additional parts larger than the small parts cylinder so they do not form a choke risk anyway.
-Internal parts such as squeakers, and rattles, you can buy online and they do not need to conform to EN71-3. They do need to be inaccessible though. If your toy has passed its onerous seam testing, then that means the internal parts are inaccessible, but be aware that extra pressure on seams may cause them to fail and you should always test and be on the side of caution. Many toy makers prefer to encase these internal parts into little compliant bags themselves just for extra security should the toy come open. This way the bag seams are an extra protection in case little fingers and mouths somehow get to them, and also lessens the need for onerous seam testing on a completed toy(if previously tested) if they’re no longer classed as a small part.
-Internal parts with batteries such as sound buttons are a whole new field of complexity, as they alter the way your toy can be washed. The sound buttons themselves need to conform to the en71-1,2,3 if they are accessible, if they are not accessible then the toy’s washing instructions can be altered (surface wash only.)
-Crinkle again as an internal part does not need EN71-3 tests, however as all toys need to use new clean materials, and need to be washable if they’re from birth, you need to choose your crinkle wisely.
-Extra ribbon loops may well be covered by one initial ribbon loop test, as long as its the same brand of label (for strength reasons.)
-Links and toy additions bought separately must have the CE mark, and keeping the packaging/noting batch numbers is the best way to keep proof of these in your technical file, and also it means you can check in case of a recall. Be smart as to knowing that the CE mark and whether it applies to toys or not (remember the toys aren’t the only thing with the CE on) and any queries should go to the manufacturer (sounds bizarre but art materials can be a bit tricky in this!)
-When it comes to adding bags, our blog on toy bags might help, and things like straps and drawstrings need to adhere to the guidelines you can read in our loops and lengths wiki (need to be a member to view)
As always, we can only advise and its up to the maker individually to be sure that their toy conforms to the standards and stays within the law!
Happy Toy making!