UL Preps for New EU Toy Standards


UL Consumer Products Group is offering a range of services to help European toy makers comply with the updated chemical requirements that are part of the EU Toy Directive.

Designed to limit the exposure of children to harmful chemical elements, the updated EU Toy Directive will take place July 20, with new requirements that reflect the latest scientific knowledge. These new requirements include restrictions on toxic elements, certain allergenic fragrance compounds and the use of CMR (carcinogenic, mutagenic and toxic for reproduction) chemicals.

Beginning July 20, manufacturers will be required to ensure that any raw materials used in toys entering the European Union follow these regulations.

Because UL has actively participated in developing the new technical standards, they are now offering a range of customized quality assurance solutions for companies that need help with compliance.

In addition to third-party testing, audit, inspection and responsible sourcing services, UL is also offering a Technical File Management Program that can help manufacturers maintain an accurate history of each toys and its components as required by the new regulations.