Games and toys; fairground amusements

Harmonised standards Harmonized standards for Toy Safety and Safety of Electric Toys. Standards supporting safety of amusement and rides and related equipment


Technical committee



Related standards or drafts


European and international standards contribute to the safety of toys and fairground equipment and amusements. In the case of toys, standards support the application of the Toy Safety Directive and in the case of fairground equipment and amusements, they are often subject to requirements of national legislation referring to European standards.

Toys safety

The Toy Safety Directive - Directive 2009/48/EC - establishes the mandatory ‘essential’ health and safety requirements for toys. European standards are developed by recognised European Standardisation Organisations (ESOs): CEN and CENELEC (or ETSI). When developed following a request from the European Commission, the resulting European standards are called European ‘harmonised’ standards.

The use of European harmonised standards is voluntary, including for toys. Manufacturers can refer to harmonised standards to demonstrate that their products comply with the relevant EU legislation. Even more so, when toys are manufactured in conformity with European harmonised standards, the references of which have been published in the Official Journal of the EU (OJEU), they are presumed to comply with the essential safety requirements of the Toy Safety Directive that are covered by those standards.