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Toys – putting safety first     

Image of toy on NCA.ieThe requirements of the 2009 Toy Safety Directive are applicable from 20 July 2011.

These requirements are outlined in the 2011 Irish Toy Regulations, which replace the 1990 Toy Regulations.

Read more about the new Toy Safety Directive.

Traders who place toys on the EU market are governed by toy safety regulations. All toys for sale (or free as part of a promotion) in the EU, must carry the CE Safety mark.

This mark should be visible, either on the toy itself or on the toy's packaging. The CE mark is an assurance from the manufacturer that the toy complies with the relevant safety requirements in the Regulations.

If you come across a toy that seems unsafe or doesn't have a CE Mark, do not put it on the market. Instead, notify the National Consumer Agency.

In October 2010, The NCA hosted an information seminar on the requirements of the new EU Toy Safety Directive.

Find out more about the Directive and download the presentations from the seminar.

Markings & Warnings

Look at the toy, the labelling, instructions for use or the packaging and ensure that the following information is included:

  • Name, mark and address of the manufacturer, and importer (where applicable) within the EC
  • The CE marking shall be affixed visibly, legibly and indelibly to the toy, to an affixed label or to the packaging. Where the CE marking is not visible from outside the packaging, it shall be affixed to the packaging
  • The age grading where appropriate for safe use
  • Warnings - For more information, consult annex V of the 2009 Toy Safety Directive
  • Instructions for use, if required
  • There may also be a reference to EN71, which is the European Harmonised Standard for toy safety.

Toys with electrics

Toys shall not be powered by more than 24 volts. Internal voltages can exceed 24 volts provided voltage and current combination generated do not lead to a risk or harmful electric shock.

Other products for children

Not all products for children under 14 are considered toys. Specific rules also exist for ensuring the safety of other children's products such as:

  • Prams
  • Pushchairs
  • Pacifiers (soothers)
  • Cots
  • Clothing

Also bear in mind that safety issues should be taken into account with any other products you sell that aren't toys but that are appealing to a child (a child is any person under the age of 14 years).

Learn more

Familiarise yourself with the E European Communities (Safety of Toys) Regulations, 2011

Contact the National Standards Authority of Ireland

Notify safety issues or concerns to our product safety team by emailing

Read about the new EU Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC