Safety in the design and manufacture of toys is the BTHA’s highest priority and all members of the BTHA are required to adhere to the Code of Practice and ensure that all products conform to EN 71 and, where appropriate, EN 62115 (electrical toys).

BTHA Guidance Documents
Safety Standards
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It is a requirement of membership that members take prompt and effective action should any of their products breach current safety codes or develop a fault which renders them unsafe. In such cases, and when an enforcement authority makes any allegation of contravention of the toy safety regulations, they are obliged to advise the Association. The reputation of the BTHA and its members depends on our safety record. The remit of the BTHA, therefore, extends beyond simple adherence to codes and regulations and embraces a wide variety of safety related issues.

The toy safety committee exists to co-ordinate these toy safety activities and to provide BTHA representation on all relevant national and international committees, working parties and conferences. The BTHA’s toy safety advisory service exists to ensure members are supported and kept abreast of all updates and developments relating to all aspects of toy safety.
The BTHA also runs a series of Lion Mark seminars throughout the year to provide members with the most up-to-date and practical safety advice possible. Sessions are voluntary but highly recommended as they cover a range of topics to suit varying product ranges. To view upcoming events click here (link to safety events section). You can also peruse presentations (link to presentations in library) from previous events.

LEGAL NOTICE – these documents contain guidance only. They are intended to explain obligations and how to fulfil them. However readers are reminded that the text of the original regulation, directive or standard is the only authentic legal reference and that the information in these documents does not constitute legal advice. The British Toy & Hobby Association does not accept any liability with regard to the contents of these documents.