A little introduction to Toy Market
For the past few years, demand for toys has known a dramatic change. I think you have already heard about The concept of “edutainment” toys. Toys is no longer just a way to fulfill entertainment requirements of a child, but also cater to the growing needs of skill development of children. Through technology, toys are focusing more on education and involvement. Licensing agreements between the companies have a major influence on the market, offering innovated and Eco friendly toys to customers.
Some Defects in Toy Conception & Used Materials
Who would let her/his child play with a doubtful or defective toy ? Therefore, toy quality is a priority for manufacturer. But you may be interested in what could be Toy defect. Here is a short List :
- Incoming Material flaws
– Lead Presence : As you may already know, lead is very dangerous for health. This element has been to be used in several paintings, and unfortunately still is. By being put in the mouth it can cause nervous system deterioration, development problems …
– Other Hazardous Substance : Some hazardous chemical elements can be found in paintings, or other component, due to a lack of attention,
- Defects in Toy Conception
– Small parts : Loosely fixed small part can break away, and be ingested by children.
– Sharp Edges : As toys are made to be manipulated by children, it would be unthinkable that they could be harmful. Sharp Edges is sadly one of the toy defect you can find witch can hurt a child while manipulating its toy.
– Battery fluid leakage : If batteries used in electronic toys leak, the caustic liquid can escape of the battery compartment, posing a risk of chemical burns to babies.
– Electrical Isolation : As you may have already noticed, Inadequate electrical isolation cause cause fire or electric shocks.
– Aesthetic Defects : When you buy a product you are expecting a certain esthetic, and quality level. Aesthetic defects such as low quality printing, color lacking are also unpleasant.
What are the certifications needed in the country you are importing your toys in ?
Depending on the country you are import in, you have some Toy safety requirement to meet. ISO 8124 is the most current standard for toy safety. The requirements of ISO 8124 specify acceptable criteria for structural characteristics of toys, such as shape, size, contour and spacing as well as acceptable criteria for properties peculiar to certain categories of toy.
ASTM F963-11 is the current standard for toy export in USA. It takes the form of a written Children product certification, which can include specific section depending of toy category. In most cases this certification need the expertise of a third party quality control. Toys may also be subject to regulations enacted under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act (FHSA), such as requirements for small parts, pacifiers, rattles , etc. You can find further informations on Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
EN 71 is the current quality and safety standard for European Union. It specify requirement for toy compliance with standards. For more details you can check European Commission Web Site.
What kind of test are running for toy safety ?
First of all there are Toy quality controls to run regarding the follow categories. Those tests allow to avoid toy defects and ensure our children safety.
- Toy tension test
- Toy torque test
- Toy compressive test
- Toy drop test
- Toy sharp ends and sharp edges test
- Toy small parts test
Safety stands also for Packing and packaging. In order to ensure quality and safety at every level Packaging quality control in China and Asia is essential.
Here are some Toy Quality Control Photos
I Hope this article has helped you. More informations about Toys Conception coming soon !