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Placing toys on the EU market

When manufacturers, importers or distributors want to place a toy on the EU market, they have to show that it is safe. Only toys bearing CE marking can be placed on the EU market. This marking indicates the toy’s compliance with EU safety requirements.

On this page, you will find information on

  • Steps for manufacturers
  • Steps for importers
  • Steps for distributors
  • Notified bodies
  • EU country authorities

Notified bodies

Notified bodies perform EC-type examination and issue EC-type examination certificates. The EC-type examination is one of the two possible conformity assessment procedures that allow toys to be placed on the EU market. Notified bodies have been designated by their EU countries.

  • The NANDO database contains the names and details of notified bodies performing conformity assessments for the purposes of the Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC.

EU country authorities

EU country authorities are obliged to check that toys on the EU market meet safety requirements. When necessary, public authorities have to take appropriate measures such as the withdrawal or recall of the toy, or the prohibition of its availability on the market.

The following factsheets were prepared by Toy Industries of Europe (TIE) in collaboration with the European Commission.

More information

Contact: GROW-TOYSatec [dot] europa [dot] eu (GROW-TOYS[at]ec[dot]europa[dot]eu)