toy safety regulations
Here at Cygnet we have always complied with the recognised international standards for knitting yarns. If you make toys or children’s products to sell, you are legally required to ensure they conform to safety requirements. We are here to help you by conducting tests on the yarns themselves and provide all the required certifications as a free service so that you can craft and sell toys with confidence that they are safe for use by children.
European standard EN 71 specifies safety requirements for toys. Compliance with the standard is legally required for all toys sold in the European Union. Although the UK is no longer in the EU, here at Cygnet we maintain specific standards such as these.
We have had a small sample from our ranges tested. You can apply the principles of ‘due diligence’ to yarns such as Cygnet Chunky & Aran as DK has been tested. The fact that all of our yarns are made from the same materials, using the same dyeing process and chemicals and are produced in the same factory, mean you can assume that all products in that range will meet the same standards.
As a toy maker, you must take all reasonable steps to ensure that the materials you have used meet the safety requirements. So don’t forget to check your toy stuffing, safety eyes, etc.
As most of our yarns are produced outside the EU, the EN71 safety testing isn’t done at the point of manufacturing. Our suppliers do, however, supply the OEKO-TEX® certification for all of their yarns. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like us to send you a free copy. Please note that the OEKO-TEX® is also labelled on a number of our ball bands.
Please be assured that all our yarns simply meet the EN71 and OEKO-TEX standards – you need to do the rest on your final product.
For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/toy-manufacturers-and-their-responsibilities.
Look for the symbol on our ball bands