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I make simple wooden toys, which I sell at craft markets. I know that they are safe, do I need to have them tested?
No you do not, but you do need to make sure that they are safe. Usually hand-made wooden toys are safe as each one is carefully made and all splinters and rough edges are smoothed away. Some simple wooden vehicles have been shown to be unsafe in the past because the wheels can be easily removed and they then present a choking hazard to small children. You may need to have your wheels tested. You will also need to make sure that any paints and varnishes you use are suitable for use on toys.
As from July 2011 changes have been made to the toy safety laws by the implementation of the Toy Safety Directive 88/368/EEC.
The new Toy Safety Directive is a significant overhaul of the existing one and changes include the following:
The directive is intended to provide a common standard for the safety of toys throughout the whole of the EEA. All toys which are sold within the EEA are required to meet the requirements of the directive, and may be sold without subject to further local controls so long as they are legitimately CE marked.