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When children grow up their mental and physical developments change rapidly. In order to match children’s ability to safe products good age-grading is essential.

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Correct classification and design is of international importance, and countries across the globe are increasingly introducing regulations to ensure that products are suitable for the children using them. In the USA age grading is a mandatory first step to showing compliance to toy safety regulations. For Europe the introduction in 2009 of the EU Toy Directive 2009/48/EC stressed the importance of correct age grading.

SGS age grading evaluation services guide clients through the maze of legislation to ensure that products meet regulatory requirements but also meet broader standards of age-appropriate safety and usability. Although many of our clients are toy manufacturers, services are also relevant to businesses that produce other products that are used by children, such as purses, backpacks, sleeping bags, cushion covers and door decorations.

Our aim is to prevent your product from being stalled in production or post production – and ultimately to retain your brand integrity and reputation amongst customers.

Technical guidance for toy age grading

We have experts in countries across the globe to provide toy classification assessments that include:

  • (Product line) Review of your products and whether their grading is appropriate
  • Advice on correct age grading for new products or products in development
  • Consultancy on how to meet regulatory requirements

Analytical testing

Our international network of laboratories can conduct a series of chemical, mechanical or physical property tests to ensure the safety of your products and their suitability for children of specific ages. You can get our toy experts’ assistance and advice on which tests are most appropriate for your business.

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. With over a century’s experience of assisting clients and an in-depth knowledge of the latest developments in age grading regulation, there is no better partner to help ensure that your toys and other products get to market as quickly and safely as possible.