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Module C – Dangerous toys

As a manufacturer, how to produce safe products?

This module is aimed specifically at toy manufacturers and covers issues which are unique to this sector. Toys are the most frequently listed dangerous products in the  Safety Gate/RAPEX statistics. Dangerous toys are a very serious issue, because they could harm the most vulnerable members of our society, i.e. babies and children. Safe toys will save lives!


The objective of this module is to give hands-on information to toy manufacturers on how to prevent bringing dangerous products to the market.

Learning outcomes

Through attending this module, participants will gain:

  • Awareness of how dangerous toys could negatively affect lives and health.
  • Understanding of the EU Toy Safety Directive and related Standard (EN71).
  • Understanding what the main/common risks of toys are (e.g. mechanical risks, choking and chemical risks), and what the (economic and technical) reasons and causes are.
  • How EU product safety requirements relate to profit margins in the toy sector.
  • The ability to apply best practice of product safety in the toy sector
  • Confidence in applying any specific EU requirements which are unique to the toy sector and ensure the consistent supply of compliant products into the EU market.

Tags, sub-topics, combination with other modules

Definitions, what is and isn’t a toy? How the Toy Safety Directive and the General Product Safety Directive (rules on general product safety) apply. Essential safety requirements for toys. Declaration of conformity and CE marking. Technical documentation, instructions, markings and warnings. Common reasons for non-conformity in EU.

  • This module can be used stand-alone or in combination with other modules related to dangerous products, horizontal requirements and on preventive measures such as risk management.