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					Bureau Veritas Services
TOYS AND ELECTRICAL TOYS
      Product testing for quality and safety

THE CHALLENGE
      Safety and quality are particularly important factors especially when toys are involved. In addition to the
      actual value of the product as a toy, safety and quality are the main criteria as far as the consumers´
      purchasing decision is concerned. Recalls, even in the case of well-known manufacturers, frequently
      result in uncertainties in the market as well as in the mind of the consumer. The public and the media have
      recognized that toys constitute a sensitive product group. We can assist you with our services during the
      production process - around the world, wherever you may need us.



THE SOLUTION
      By assessing and analyzing over half a million toys on an annual basis we have gained comprehensive
      insight into the dangers and risks associated with children’s toys. We can offer our customers in-depth
      consultancy expertise covering the total testing program based on our thirty years of experience in testing
      toys and related products. We are always up-to-date since our experts are also represented in national and
      international standards committees.



OUR SERVICES FOR TOY PRODUCTS
      We offer testing services to assess conformity to the Toy Directive 88/378/EEC.
      These form the basis for the CE label.

      This includes the completely synchronized EN 71 series for reviewing toy safety:

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           EN 71 Part 1: Mechanical and physical properties
                                                                                        safety relevant tests
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           EN 71 Part 2: Flammability
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           EN 71 Part 3: Migration of certain elements
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           EN 71 Part 4: Experimental boxes for chemical and similar
                          experiments
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           EN 71 Part 5: Chemical toys (sets) excluding experimental boxes
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           EN	71	Part	6:	Graphic	identification	symbol	with	a	warning	
                          related to age group.
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           EN 71 Part 7: Finger paint colors – requirements and test
                          methods
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           EN 71 Part 8: Swings, slides and similar activity toys for the home
                          (indoors and outdoors)
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           EN 71 Part 9*: Requirements for organic chemical compounds
                          *Not harmonized to date



      In addition to these physical and chemical tests, electrical testing also is of relevance for the CE label. We
      offer all safety-related testing services for electrical/electronic toys from a single provider. This includes,
      in addition to electrical safety according to EN 62115, electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) according to EN
      55014-1 for electromagnetic radiation and EN 55014-2 for interference immunity.
HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCE TESTING
      There are various requirements world-wide restricting the use of hazardous substances to minimize risks
      from these substances. The EU Chemicals Act covers the most important substances for the European
      economic zone. But other countries, too, require that only safe products free from hazardous substances
      come to the market. In the US, for instance, the CPSIA (Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008)
      applies, laying down special requirements for children’s goods and toys designed to improve product safety.
      We offer the following inspections for hazardous substances for products categorized as toys:
        Total cadmium content (EU Directive 91/338/EEC)
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        Benzole (EU-Directive 82/806/EEC)
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        Softeners/phthalates (EU-Directive 2005/84/EG and CPSIA Section 108)
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        Pentachlorophenol (EU-Directive 91/173/EEC)
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        Lead in coatings (16 CFR Part 1303 and CPSIA Section 101)
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        Lead in substrates (CPSIA Section 101)
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        Release of nickel (EU-Directive 94/27/EC)
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        Azo dyes (EU-Directive 2002/61/EC)
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        Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) (EU-Directive 2001/95/EC, §30 LFGB – German Food and
         Feed Code)
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       Nonylphenol (EU-Directive 2003/53/EC)
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       Nitrosamine (Regulations on Consumer Goods)
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       Dimethylfumarate
       For packaging: heavy metals, lead, cadmium, chrome VI, mercury (EU-Directive 94/62/EC)
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ADDITIONAL CURRENT REQUIREMENTS
      Colour fastness of toys
      In principle it should be ensured that no colour be transferred to the child when playing with a toy. This is docu-
      mented by compliance with the required standard DIN 53160 (resistance to saliva and perspiration simulants)

      General product safety of children‘s clothing
      This requirement is of particular relevance to costumes and role-play articles. The purpose is to minimize the
      risk of unintentional snagging due to cords or straps in children‘s clothing. DIN EN 14682 (Safety of children‘s
      clothing, cords and straps in children’s clothing – requirements)



ADDITIONAL SERVICES
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          ASTM F 963 including relevant CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) regulations
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          Issue	of	the	GCC	(General	Conformity	Certificate)	in	accordance	with	new	US	regulation	CPSIA
           (Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act) for consumer goods / children’s articles
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          “Third Party Testing“ as registration center for adherence to the US CPSIA (Consumer Product Safety
                                                                                                                            Vers02 Rev04 June 2010




           Improvement Act) relating to children’s articles, e.g. small parts in accordance with 16 CFR 1501
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          RoHS
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          REACH-Services, such as Bureau Veritas SVHC (Substances of Very High Concern) Test
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          c-mark®-program
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          Courses / training courses / seminars
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          Consulting / risk assessment
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          Develop	testing	plans	/	requirement	profiles




      CONTACT                                                          BUREAU VERITAS
    cps-hamburg@ de.bureauveritas.com                                 Consumer Products Services Germany GmbH
    www.bureauveritas.de/cps                                          Oehleckerring 40, 22419 Hamburg
    Phone: + 49 40 740 41-0                                           Fax: + 49 40 740 41-1199

				
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