Toys

TOY TESTING OVERVIEW

AS/NZS ISO 8124.1 Safety of toys

Part1: Safety aspects related to mechanical and physical properties:

This standard applies to all toys, i.e. any product or material clearly intended for use in play by children under 14 years of age.

Austest Labs provides testing to this standard.

AS/NZS ISO 8124.2 Safety of toys

Part2: Flammability

This standard includes general requirements relating to all toys and specific requirements and methods of testing relating to:

  • toys to be worn on the head,
  • toy disguise costumes,
  • toys intended to be worn by a child in a play,
  • toys intended to be entered by a child and
  • soft-filled toys with a piled surface or textile surface.

Examples of items NOT requiring Flammability: toy car/trucks, toy blocks, teethers etc

Austest Labs provides testing to this standard.

AS/NZS ISO 8124.3 Safety of toys

Part3: Migration of certain elements

This standard examines toys, components of toys and toy materials for the presence of Lead (Pb) and other heavy elements (Cd, As, Sb, Ba, Cr, Se, Hg), as indicated in AS/NZS ISO 8124.3, Migration of certain elements.  Austest uses a non-destructive method known as XRF scanning. The requirements in part 3 of AS/NZS ISO 8124 apply to the following:

  • all intended food and oral contact toys,
  • cosmetic toys and writing instruments categorized as toys irrespective of any age grading or recommended age labelling;
  • all toys intended for or suitable for children up to 72 months of age;
  • accessible coatings, irrespective of any age grading or recommended age labelling;
  • accessible liquids, pastes, gels (e.g. liquid paints, modelling compounds), irrespective of any age grading or recommended age labelling.

Austest Labs provides testing to this standard.

Note: Different colours have different chemicals, so each colour needs to be tested for migration of heavy elements.  Different fabrics/materials also need to be tested.

For example:  A blue & white wooden block will need 3 tests – timber, white paint, blue paint.  A stuffed toy will need a test of each colour of fabric, the eyes, nose, string used to sew paws and stuffing.

If the result of XRF testing is non-conclusive or close to the limit, wet (chemical) testing of the item may be required.

Notes:

  • Austest does not test bikes, toys with magnets, electronic toys, dummy chains or a toy with a noise source.   We can however arrange for subcontracted testing to be undertaken.
  • Typical quotes mentioned in this document are for guidance only.  Please ask for a formal quotation for your specific product should the typical costs mentioned be within your budget.  We usually require only 1 sample, together with instruction or assembly diagrams if relevant.  The lead time for commencement varies from 1 to 2 weeks and testing takes 1 week.

Helpful Links

ACCC link to mandatory toy standards and requirements

Important information regarding Teething Necklaces