The BTHA hosts the UK Interpretations committee and has invited test laboratories, manufacturers, importers and retailers to identify interpretation issues experienced when using published standards and Directives.
The results of the deliberations are shown in the published interpretations on this site. Interpretations are often forwarded to Standards’ Committees for review. Where it is considered to be useful, an interim interpretation is given by the UK interpretation committee.
Interpretations are made with our best understanding at the time of the request. Where appropriate discussion points have also been recorded.
It is important to note that often, interpretational issues are addressed in new versions of the standards and these should always be referred to in the first instance, as they may be contrary to the interpretation given by the Interpretations committee. Furthermore, the interpretations given in CEN report CEN/TR 15371 parts 1 and 2 Safety of toys – Replies to requests for interpretation should be read first. Interpretations given in the CEN report take precedence over those given by the UK Interpretations Committee. It should be noted that the interpretation given by CEN may differ from that given by the UK interpretations group and that UK interpretations have not been updated to reflect this.
Given interpretations are dated and are not changed to reflect any contrary interpretations given by updated standards or the CEN report because users could still be relying on the interpretations given at that time.
Interpretations that are known to be superseded by a standard or that have been interpreted by CEN/TR 15371 are no longer published. A list of interpretations that have been made that are not published can be found here:
Members requiring a copy of one of these interpretations should Contact the BTHA
021 Toys Propelled by a child
031 Size and shape of certain toys
037 Edges and points and metallic wires
050 Toys which a child can enter
068 Mouth-actuated toys and other toys intended to be put in the mouth
075 General requirments for toys for children under 3
079 Straps intended to be worn fully or partially around the neck
084 Mouth Actuated Toys & Other Toys Intended To Be Put In The Mouth & Toys Attached To Food
88 Soft Filled Toys
091 Masks and helmets
092 Warnings and instructions for use
095 Toys which a child can enter
096 Soft filled toys
102 Toys intended for children under 36 months and size and shape of certain toys
103 Size and shape of certain toys
104 Protruding Parts
106 Tension test
111 Preschool play figures
112 Points and metallic wires
113 Yoyo balls
120 General requirments for toys for children under 3
121 Small Balls
123 Folding and Sliding Mechanisms
124 Toys which a child can enter
129 Yo-Yo Balls
This section will be updated as new Interpretations become available.