Crafters and toys

So many crafters make some wonderful things, many of them for children and babies. Unfortunately many fall foul of the law on the testing and sale of toys for children so it’s really important for crafters to spread the word.

If you sell a toy for children in the EU, it must have the CE mark. To get the CE mark, it needs to be tested. There are some exemptions listed here. It includes handmade products that also look like toys even if you have specified they are are for decorative purposes and not suitable for those under the age of 14 years.

If you’re not sure if your products are going to need a CE mark, you need to contact trading standards without delay (especially if you’re selling them already). This is a legal requirement now for any toy which is manufactured and sold in the UK and EU you can be fined £5000 or even receive a prison sentence if you are making and selling toys without the CE mark.

Help is out there though! You can get certified without spending a fortune. There are self certification packs available like this one.

Don’t keep this to yourself. Please pass this post on to other crafters to help spread the word.


2 thoughts on “Crafters and toys

  1. Reblogged this on FrankieSoup and commented:
    I’ve not tried the re-blog function on wordpress yet, but this seems like the perfect chance. For those of you looking to make toys to sell, this is information you need to know.

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