Aggiornamenti normativi di settore EU: New toy guidance document on soother holders published
October 2019 - Relevant for: Toys and children's products
The new guidance document No. 191 for soother holders was published by the European Commission (EC) on 26 September 2019. It helps differentiating between toy and non-toy soother holders by providing indicative criteria with various examples.
Being commonly used for newborns, infants and toddlers, many soother holders are designed in such a way that they also have a play value. Instead of falling into the scope of the General Product Safety Directive (GPSD), such soother holders are within the scope of the Toy Safety Directive (TSD) as they are considered as “soother holders and toys at the same time”.
Safety standard EN 125862 defines soother holder as “article that enables a soother to be secured to a child’s garment etc.”. Besides child’s garment, there are also soother holders that are intended to be fastened to other objects such as cloths and plush toys. Soother holders that are also classified as toys have to fulfil the requirements of the TSD and comply with the toy standard EN 71 series. Both toy and non-toy soother holders must be safe for children from the first month of life (“0 M+”).