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Manufacturer, Importer and Distributor Obligations

SGS advises toy manufacturers, importers and distributors on the obligations imposed on them by the EU Toy Safety Directive 2009/48/EC.

The EU Toy Safety Directive clearly defines obligations for manufacturers, importers, distributors and authorized representatives (when formally appointed by a manufacturer). It is essential that each operator understands its role throughout the supply chain and knows applicable obligations.

Based at strategic locations around the world, our toy safety experts can advise and guide you to ensure all obligations are met when supplying or purchasing toys.

Manufacturer obligations:

  • Ensure toys comply with essential safety requirements
  • Perform safety assessment to identify hazards that a toy may present
  • Draw up technical documentation, and retain for 10 years
  • Draw up EC declaration of conformity, and retain for 10 years
  • Ensure production control
  • Ensure each toy bears its type, batch, serial or model number, or other unique identifiers
  • Indicate its name, registered trade name/mark and contact address
  • Ensure a toy is accompanied by instructions and safety information in appropriate language

Importer obligations:

  • Place only compliant toys on the market
  • Ensure manufacturer has carried out appropriate conformity assessment procedure
  • Ensure manufacturer has drawn up technical documentation and labeling
  • Indicate its name, registered trade name/mark and address on the toy
  • Ensure a toy is accompanied by instructions and safety information in appropriate language
  • Keep EC declaration of conformity (10 years)

Distributor obligations:

  • Make toys available on the market with due care to applicable requirements
  • Verify CE-marking, EC declaration of conformity, relevant documentation, warnings supplied in relevant language(s), type, batch number, and the manufacturer’s and importer’s name and address

Officially, the EU Toy Safety Directive defines these key roles as:

  • Manufacturer: any natural or legal person who manufactures a toy or has a toy designed or manufactured, and markets that toy under his name or trademark
  • Authorized representative: any natural or legal person established within the Community who has received a written mandate from a manufacturer to act on his behalf in relation to specified tasks.
  • Importer: any natural or legal person established within the Community who places a toy from a third country on the Community market.
  • Distributor: any natural or legal person in the supply chain, other than the manufacturer or the importer, who makes a toy available on the market.

No matter in which European country your toy is to be sold, SGS can help you comply with all applicable requirements. Contact your local SGS office today to find out how we can support your compliance to EU Toy safety Directive 2009/48/EC.

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