BTHA Standards Service – Members’ only access to Toy Safety related standards via BSOL

The BTHA is pleased to offer our full members view only access to standards via the British Standards Online (BSOL) service. BSI is dedicated to helping organisations ‘make excellence a habit’ and through the partnership with the BTHA provide access to the key Toy Safety standards that can help the UK Toy Industry to develop and grow.

Using standards can offer a set of powerful business and marketing tools for organisations of all sizes. You can use them to fine-tune your performance and manage the risks you face while operating in more efficient and sustainable ways; they will allow you to demonstrate the quality of what you do to your customers; and they help you to see how to embed best practice into your organisation.

Many members will spend a considerable sum each year on relevant BSI standards, and this service allows our members to access a selection of Toy Safety related standards as determined by BTHA with View Only Access.

Full members are able to visit login to BSOL to view a selection of standards that cover toys and toy safety. These standards will be available to view online but will not allow members to download or print the documents.

Your access to BSOL will allow you:

  • View only access to key British standards in the BTHA subscription
  • Set up notifications on key standards areas
  • Search and browse the bibliographical information for the full collection of 60,000 documents
  • Use the Toy Safety Advisory Service for advice on standards

What are the limitations?

  • View only access means the printing and downloading functionality has been disabled for BTHA members
  • Access to BSOL is governed by
  • Authorised users (members) only are provided access and passwords and are not to be shared to non-members of the BTHA or others within your organisation

Please click here to download the BSI ‘Pocket Guide to Standards Development’.

What standards can I see?

A list of up to 200 selected standards.
Preview the BTHA subscription list of standards here.

What else can I do?

In addition to the standards members can create My Notifications, an e-mail notification service to track when standards change. This can help members to meet their legal requirements relating to monitoring and using the latest product standards.

What else can I see?

The full listing of more than 60,000 other standards and standards related documents, including bibliographical information, can also be seen and if needed, purchased directly from BSI.

Why can’t I see EU Directives?

Directives are free to download from the Europa website (this is where the most commonly used Directives that are often linked to toys can be found).

How do I use BSOL?

Help documents exist on the BSOL . The entry page has access to on-line demonstrations. If you have any questions there is a BSI helpline number and e-mail address.
BSOL Technical Support: +44 (0)845 086 9001

What happens if there is a standard I need but it is not on the BTHA subscription?
The list of accessible standards in the BTHA subscription should cover the majority of members needs for toys, nursery and related electrical items.However if an additional standard is requested it can be added to the list if considered useful for other members. Please contact Jerry Burnie ( to make your request.Where a standard cannot be added as it falls outside of the Toy Safety related category or you require a hard of the standard please contact BSI to purchase directly:
Tel: +44 (0) 845 086 9001If you have a wider requirement for standards, a larger BSOL subscription or want to have full access instead of View Only please contact Chris Harris, UK Sales Manager at

Do I need a password?

Please see the registration guide for new users link below if you are a new user to the system.  BTHA Registration guide for new users.

Why can’t I get access sometimes?

To keep costs acceptable the BTHA subscription allows up to 10 members to use the service at the same time. There may be times when members will need to wait for a short time before getting access. This will be reviewed regularly with BS Online to ensure that members are not disadvantaged.

Why can’t I see UK Regulations?

UK Regulations and related guidance documents are free to download from the Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS)

UK Interpretations Group

Important notes regarding interpretations

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.

Users of these Interpretations should always refer to the latest standards first and should be aware that there is a CEN report CEN/TR 15371:2013 Safety of toys – Replies to requests for interpretation of EN 71-1, EN 71-2, and EN 71-8 which should be read before using any interpretains published here as interpretations given in the CEN report take precedence over those given by the UK Interpretations Committee.

*Denotes those interpretations that are currently being addressed by standards revisions or amendments.

Subsidised Consultancy

The BTHA has expanded the advisory service to offer members a more detailed level of advice.

The BTHA will subsidise a visit by one of our safety advisors to come to your offices and help with any technical advice on your products. The cost for the day would normally be £400 plus expenses, however the BTHA will subsidise the visit by £200 to ensure members have low-cost access to safety advice. Visits are limited to two visits per member per year as availability of experts allow.

This document contains guidance only. It is 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 this document does not constitute legal advice. The British Toy & Hobby Association does not accept any liability with regard to the contents of this document.