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If you sell soft toys online/craft fairs do you need to have them certified with the "CE" mark ? and if so, how ?

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crochetqueen Sun 13-Jan-13 10:18:34

thank you thats really helpful, not abrupt at all !!! very well done for the multitasking !

MrsPennyapple Sat 12-Jan-13 23:27:46

I haven't self certified although I have sold some items through a local shop as a test run to see if they would sell. They sold well, but not for enough money to make it worthwhile unfortunately.

My exteriors were made from clothing so I kept packaging. I think you would need some evidence of fibre content and flammability for all components. Keep the packaging from the felt, only one packet, not every packet, but check if you buy felt from somewhere else that the fibre content is the same. Also wash one of your items so you know what temperature it will wash at, and so you know it will stand up to machine washing.

Sorry if this reads abruptly, am on phone and typing is a pain in the rear end.

crochetqueen Sat 12-Jan-13 20:57:02

thanks.....have you self certified ? I have a label in the stuffing confirming the conformance with regulations for that. What about the material ? I am just using the stuffing, fabric and some wool mix felt I got from an online shop to do the faces and hair on my toys.

MrsPennyapple Sat 12-Jan-13 14:12:59

I believe they do need to be certified on either the toy itself or on the packaging if not possible on the toy. I think self certification is not as hard as you think though. I make some toys and the stuffing I use is already certified as conforming to EN71 flammability rating, so as long as I keep some packaging available, that is sufficient back up.

You also need to be sure there are no bits that could come off, or be pulled off by a child. I'm not sure about other regs as mine are very simple, just stuffing, exterior, and stitching.

crochetqueen Sat 12-Jan-13 10:22:55

I have started making small soft toys as a hobby (which I'm really enjoying). A few people I've shown them to have asked if I will start selling them. I'm tempted to build up a collection and then start selling but am now concerned about the fact that they would be classed as a "toy" and then that they would need to be certified for any type of selling even on a small scale to comply with the Toy Safety Directive

The web is a minefield. I've found the website which will send you a pack for £30 for you to self certify but from what I understand you have to start setting fire to the doll/toy made and do various flammability and endurance (!) tests with it - if you're going to make a variety of toys, presumably that one test won't work for all the different items you make IYSWIM.

I won't be able to make enough to do more than sell on a website (such as Etsy or Folksy), sell to the odd friend who wants one and perhaps a craft fair towards the end of the year. I don't have any dreams of making my millions - it's more a hobby and would be nice to make a bit of pin money to cover the cost of materials and a bit more.....I am just enjoying having the machine out again but that said, I also don't want to find myself in trouble for not having complied.......

Are there any ways round the directive (for eg marking as "not a toy" etc?!...I've seen this mentioned on places...)

Why are the simplest things so difficult these days !!
Many thanks

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