At API, we pride ourselves on our dedication to advanced toy laboratory testing to ensure your product meets regulation requirements in every International market you export to. API is at the forefront of ever-changing International regulations and red-tape to ensure your toys are safe, compliant and of the quality your consumers expect from your brand.
Testing the raw materials of your products is one of the best ways to ensure product quality and compliance. Have a look at some of the comprehensive testing services offered by API.
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Children will thoroughly use their toys in ways that could expose them to harm from the substances that they are made from, such as putting them in their mouths. Pre-testing raw materials before they’re crafted into toys avoids costly reformulations, redesigns, and retesting; not to mention harm to children.
API offers RSL (Restricted substances list) screening services and toy testing to assure that your products comply with the latest REACH and EN 71 safety requirements. Tests are carried out for the full range of common toxic chemicals and elements, including phthalates, lead, mercury, and cadmium. Our laboratories are equipped to test raw materials to adhere to any and all global standards that you may require.
Kids today have the enjoyment of a vast range of educational and fun electrical and electronic toys which are either run from AC current or batteries. These include anything from talking books, through to games consoles, not to mention battery-operated toys like RC cars.
If their safety is to be guaranteed, electrical tests must be undertaken to avoid shocks and burns, and API offer standard tests adhering to all global standards for EE toys like 16 CFR 1505, EN 62115, and RoHS2. In addition we can check EE toys’ design, certifications, and adherence to all recognized global standards.
API tests your toys for compliance with a full range of flammability standards, notably ASTM F963 and EN 71-2 and their lists of flammable materials that are not permitted in toys, and, for instance, their tests to assure that flame spread rate and after flame time are acceptable. The purpose of this is to assure that toys making it to market cannot burn quickly enough that it’s impossible to escape harm quickly.
This testing will include any kind of material, such as fabrics, metals, or plastics that can conceivably burn. We understand that wearable toys, such as masks and wigs, carry a severe risk, as proximity to the body is a factor in assessing danger from flames. API’s laboratories in Asia and Europe are equipped to test toys’ adherence to any known global flammability standard.
Mechanical testing from API helps you to protect children against physical harm caused by the use and form of toys, such as puncture, pinching, crushing, trapping, and cutting. For instance, toys may make it to market with no clear issues, only to be recalled because, when used in a non-intended way, they are able to cause injury to a child. Mechanical testing aims to eliminate this instance from happening.
Essentially, adherence to wide-ranging standards such as EN 71-1 and ASTM F963 will assure that toys are mechanically sound, and API’s laboratories are equipped to test for: Impact, strength, stability, small parts, compression, seams, and many more.
Every API client is assigned a key account manager. We know that communication is key and that you choose to work with us for the peace of mind that having dedicated specialists handle your quality assurance gives you, so we’re committed to keeping you in the loop at all times.
You’ll have direct contact with laboratory specialists undertaking your testing too, something not usually offered by quality assurance providers, as we know that it’s important for you to be able to get real-time information in order to avoid delays should urgent decisions need to be made.
Your key account manager can be contacted any time during Asian business hours on weekdays, and we also have technical experts standing by who can offer you answers to any queries you may have within 24 hours regardless of when you need them.
Non-compliance in the toy industry present a myriad of dangers for brands that can lead to heavy financial losses, unnecessary recalls, and a damaged reputation. It’s reasons like these that quality managers constantly live in fear of quality issues with toys, but it doesn’t have to be this way with strict compliance regulations and proper toy testing procedures.
Our International toy tests have the following turn-around time:
Standard: 5 days
Express: 3 days
Emergency: 1 day
AS/NZS 8124 – 1 : 2016 – Safety of toys – Part 1: Safety aspects related to mechanical and physical properties (ISO 8124-1:2014 modified)
AS/NZS 8124 – 2 : 2016 – Safety of toys – Part 2: Flammability (ISO 8124-2:2014 modified)
AS/NZS 8124 – 3 : 2012 – Safety of toys – Part 3: Migration of certain elements (ISO 8124-3:2010 modified)
AS/NZS 62115 : 2011 – Electric Toys – Safety
EN 71-1 : 2014 – Safety of toys. Mechanical and physical properties
EN 71-2 : 2011 + A1 : 2014 – Safety of toys. Flammability
EN 71-3 : 2013 + A2 : 2017 – Safety of toys. Migration of certain elements
EN 62115 : 2005 + A12 : 2015 – Electric toys. Safety
2014/79/EU – Flame retardants TCEP, TCPP, TDCP content (Amendment to Appendix C of Annex II to Directive 2009/48/EC)
2014/81/EU – Bisphenol A migration (Amendment to Appendix C of Annex II to Directive 2009/48/EC)
2009/48/EC – Appendix C – MI, CMI, BIT content
REACH Regulation (EC) – 1907/2006 Annex XVII Restricted Substance List
EN 14682 : 2014 – Safety of children’s clothing. Cords and drawstrings on children’s clothing. Specifications
ASTM F963 : 2016 – Standard Consumer Safety Specification for Toy Safety (Physical & mechanical, flammability, chemical, electrical)
CPSIA – Total lead (16CFR 1303)
CPSIA – Total Phthalates
ASTM F 1816 : 1997 – Standard Safety Specification for Drawstrings on Children’s Upper Outerwear
16 CFR 1610 – Standard for the Flammability of Clothing Textiles