Serbia has issued a Rule Book on Toy Safety that is based upon European Union (EU) Directive 2009/48/EC, the so-called Toy Safety Directive (TSD).
Published in November 2019, the Rule Book sets out the rules for toy safety and their free movement within the market. Toys are defined as being designed or intended, but not necessarily exclusively, for use by children aged under 14 years.
It contains several provisions, including:
• General safety – must not endanger the health of users and third parties when toys are used as intended or in a foreseeable way, with consideration of children’s behavior
• Specific safety – including physical and mechanical properties, flammability, chemical properties, electrical properties, as well as hygiene and radioactivity requirements (Annex 2)
• A specific set of restricted substances in Appendix C for toys intended for children under 36 months, or in other toys which are intended to be placed in the mouth
• Exemption – the use of nickel (a carcinogenic, mutagenic and reprotoxic category 2 substance, CMR 2 substance) in toys and toy components made of stainless steel, and in toy components that are intended to conduct an electric current
• Rules and conditions for affixing the Serbian mark of conformity
• Declaration of Conformity (DoC) in the Serbian language, including a color image of the toy for clear identification, and references to the harmonized standards applied or to specifications in relation to which conformity is declared (Annex 3)
• Technical documentation (Annex 4)
• Warnings (Annex 5)
• List of Serbian and European standards for toy conformity (Annex 6). Safety standards that demonstrate conformity include (EU standard in brackets):
1. SRPS EN 71-1:2018 ‘Mechanical and physical properties’ (EN 71-1:2014+A1:2018)
2. SRPS EN 71-2:2014 ‘Flammability’ (EN 71-2:2011+A1:2014)
3. SRPS EN 71-3:2018 ‘Migration of certain elements’ (EN 71-3+A3:2018)
4. SRPS EN 71-4:2014 ‘Experimental sets for chemistry and related activities’ (EN 71-4:2013)
5. SRPS EN 71-5:2016 ‘Chemical toys (sets) other than experimental sets (EN 71-5:2015)
6. SRPS EN 71-7:2018 ‘Finger paints’ (EN 71-7:2014+A2:2018)
7. SRPS EN 71-8:2018 ‘Activity toys for domestic use’ (EN 71-8:2018)
8. SRPS EN 71-12:2017 ‘N-nitrosamines and Nitrosatable Substances’ (EN 71-12:2016)
9. SRPS EN 71-13:2014 ‘Olfactory board games, cosmetic kits and gustative games’ (EN 71-13:2014)
10. SRPS EN 71-14:2019 ‘Trampolines for domestic use’ (EN 71-14:2018)
11. Electric toy safety:
SRPS EN 62115:2008 (EN 62115:2005)
SRPS EN 62115 :2008/A2 :2013 (EN 62115:2005/A11:2012/AC:2013)
SRPS EN 62115:2008/A11:2013 (EN 62115:2005/A11:2012)
SRPS 62115:2008/A12:2015 (EN 62115:2005/A12:2015)
While Serbia’s Rule Book on Toy Safety is based on the TSD, they are not identical. One notable difference is that Serbia’s mark of conformity must be used, although the EU CE mark can be used in addition. This situation will change, and the CE mark will replace the Serbian mark, from the date of entry into force of the Agreement on Conformity Assessment and Acceptance of Industrial Products (ACAA agreement between Serbia and the EU), or if this agreement is not concluded, from the date of entry into force of the Treaty of Accession of Serbia to the EU.
The Rule Book on Toy Safety came into force on November 9, 2019, and its provisions will be implemented from November 9, 2020.
Stakeholders should now check their toy products conform to the latest Serbia requirements.
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