Fragrances in products CE-marked as toys
The purpose of this requirement is to avoid toys containing added fragrances. Fragrances can cause allergic reactions, contribute to allergy development and odor hypersensitivity.
- Technical specification
- Products CE-marked as toys
Products CE-marked as toys shall not contain actively added fragrances.
Olfactory board games1, gustative games1 and clays.
For olfactory board games1, gustative games1 and clays containing fragrances there shall be clear information in the product catalogue or online store that they contain fragrances.
In olfactory board games and clays containing fragrances, the fragrances shall comply with the International Fragrance Associations (IFRA2) guidelines, or equivalent.
1According to definitions in Directive 2009/48 / EC on the safety of toys.
2IFRA the International Fragrance Association is the official body of the perfume industry, for more information see ifrafragrance.org.
The supplier shall, upon request, be able to present any of for example the following:
- Valid license for any of for example the following labels:
- Nordic Swan Ecolabelling for toys, version 3.
- A-labelling, Danish Fællesrådet för Formnings- & Hobbymaterial.
- Information about content on the product label or in its product information/product sheet.
- The supplier’s self-declaration including technical documentation of compliance verified by an accredited verification body, accredited for the task in accordance with ISO/IEC 17029 or equivalent standard.
For olfactory board games1, gustative games1 and clay containing fragrances also:
- Information in product catalogue/webstore.
For clays containing fragrances also:
If the requirement has been verified with a label, check that there is a valid license for the product in question. This can be checked: Nordic Swan Ecolabel, Danish Fællesrådet för Formnings- & Hobbymaterial.
Product label/product information/product sheet
If the requirement has been verified with the product’s label/ product information/product sheet, follow up the requirement by checking that there is no information about fragrances in the product's information material.
Self-declaration verified by an accredited verification body
If a verified self-declaration is used to prove that the requirement is fulfilled, request the supplier’s self-declaration, including documentation showing that the requirement is met. The self-declaration shall be verified by a verification body accredited for the task in accordance with ISO / IEC 17029 or equivalent standard.
Information in product catalogue/webstore
If products that are allowed to contain fragrances (olfactory board games, gustative games, and clays) are included in the assortment, check that there is clear information about this in the product catalogue or webstore.
If clays containing fragrances are included in the assortment, follow up the requirement by checking that there is a valid certificate from IFRA for the fragrance (s) included in the product in question.
Information about the criterion
A-labelling is a Danish label for glue and paint that places requirements on constituent substances. Their criteria can be ordered from: http://www.fffh.dk/.
Fragrances can be added in olfactory board games, taste games and clays. If these products are not excluded, there is a risk that such products cannot be offered. For example, soft clays often contain fragrances because there may be a need to mask the clay's own scent.
There are currently a limited number of accredited verification bodies for ISO/IEC 17029 (Conformity assessment - General principles and requirements for validation and verification bodies) as it is a relatively new standard. This may change, especially if the demand for verifying compliance in this way increases. More information about the standard and accredited verification bodies can be found on Swedac's website.
Many fragrances are sensitising and/or allergenic 1. They are released from the product and also enter the environment where they can cause damage. For this reason, toys and hobby material with added fragrances can be avoided because such substances risk contributing to the development of allergies in children. By fragrances are meant substances/substance mixtures that are added in order to improve the product's odour properties.
The Toy Safety Directive (Directive 2009/48/EC on the safety of toys) has used the Cosmetics Directive (Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 on cosmetic products) and regulated around 50 fragrance substances, and a further 11 are subject to labelling.
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