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Quality Control of Toy Products: Essential Toy Quality Control Guidance

Quality Control of Toy Products: Essential Toy Quality Control Guidance

As a manufacturer, importer, or someone who outsources children’s toy products from abroad, ensuring the safety and quality control of toy products is essential. It is your responsibility to ensure that your children’s toys meet the safety standards and regulations that have been put in place to protect the health and well-being of children. 

In this article, we will give you comprehensive toy quality control guidance, including the essential tests that must be performed during the inspection process, major testing standards, and regulations to keep in mind.

Import Policy on Children’s Toys: New Regulation for US and Europe

In Europe, the European Union (EU) has established the Toy Safety Directive (TSD) which sets out the toy safety requirements that are sold in the EU. The TSD sets standards for mechanical, physical and chemical hazards, flammability, electrical safety, and labeling and packaging.


Manufacturers, importers, and distributors of toys must ensure that the products they place on the EU market comply with the TSD, and they are subject to regular inspections to ensure they are meeting these standards.


In both the US and Europe, the responsibility of ensuring that toys are safe and meet the standards set out in the CPSIA and TSD lies with the manufacturers, importers, and distributors. However, third-party inspection companies like Tetra Inspection can provide a comprehensive quality control inspection service to help ensure that toys meet the necessary safety standards. This can include on-site inspections, laboratory testing, and audits, to provide a thorough evaluation of the toys and ensure that they are safe for children to use.


Overall, the regulations and standards in place for toy quality control in the US and Europe are designed to protect children from hazardous toys, and it is important for those involved in the toy industry to stay up-to-date with these regulations.


Quality Control of Toy Products: How Toy Quality Control Inspections Are Performed

Quality Control of Toy Products Essential Toy Quality Control Guidance

Quality Control of Toy Products is a critical part of ensuring that the toys you bring to market meet the highest safety and quality standards. These standards are designed to protect consumers from potential dangers such as choking, suffocation, and injury. Some of the most common standards include ASTM F963, EN 71, and ISO 8124.

During toy inspection, experienced quality control professionals examine the products to identify any potential safety hazards, such as choking risks, sharp edges, or loose parts. They also assess the quality of the materials used and check for compliance with relevant standards and regulations.

Children’s Toy Safety Testing


Children’s toy safety testing is performed through a series of essential tests during an onsite toy inspection. The testing process involves examining the raw materials, components, and finished products to ensure they meet the required standards. Some of the major testing standards include the CPSIA (Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act) and ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) standards.

Several different tests are performed during a toy quality control inspection. These tests are designed to identify potential dangers such as choking hazards, the potential for injury, and the quality of the materials used. Some of the most common tests include; flammability tests, heavy metal tests, and phthalate tests. In addition, there are a number of tests that are specifically designed to evaluate the safety of stuffed toys, such as the stuffing migration test and the tearing strength test.


Major Testing Standards of Raw Materials


Before the production of toys, it is crucial to ensure that the raw materials used to make the toys meet the standards set by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSIA). The CPSIA sets the standards for materials that can be used in the production of toys for children. The major testing standards of raw materials include:

  1. Flammability:The CPSIA requires that toys must be tested for flammability to prevent the risk of fire.
  2. Lead Content: Toys must not contain lead in amounts exceeding the limit set by the CPSIA. Lead is a toxic substance that can cause serious health problems in children.
  3. Phthalates: Phthalates are chemicals used to make plastic soft and flexible. The CPSIA sets limits on the amount of phthalates that can be present in toys to prevent health risks.
  4. Mechanical Testing: To ensure that toys are durable and do not break easily, we perform mechanical tests such as tensile strength, impact resistance, and bend testing.
  5. Chemical Testing: Our inspectors perform chemical tests to ensure that toys do not contain harmful substances such as lead, phthalates, and cadmium.
  6. Heavy Metal Test
  7. Stuffing migration test
  8. Tearing strength test
  9. Tension Test
  10. Impact Test
  11. Crush Test

Major Toy Testing Items


The major testing items involved in toy quality control inspections include:

  • Choking Hazard:

    One of the primary objectives of toy quality control inspections is to identify choking dangers. To do this, a number of different tests are performed, including the small parts test and the vibration test. The small parts test is designed to identify any small parts that may pose a choking hazard to small children. The vibration test, on the other hand, is designed to evaluate how the toy will respond to movement and whether it is likely to break apart and release small parts.

  • Raw materials: This involves testing the raw materials used in the production of toys, such as plastic, metal, and textiles, to ensure they are safe for children to play with.
  • Components: This includes testing the various components of toys, such as buttons, zippers, and other small parts, to ensure they are securely attached and pose no choking hazards.
  • Finished products: It involves evaluating the final product to ensure it meets the required safety and quality standards and is safe for children to play with.
  • Small Parts Test:

    This test determines if small parts of a toy or product can be easily detached, posing a choking hazard to young children.

  • Detachment Test: A detachment test is designed to evaluate if parts of a toy or product can detach easily, potentially posing a hazard to young children.
  • Swallowing Hazard Test:

    A swallowing Hazard Test is performed to assess if a toy or product presents a hazard of being swallowed by young children, potentially causing choking or suffocation.

Tetra Inspection's Expertise in Toy Quality Control Inspections

Tetra Inspection is a global quality assurance company with extensive experience in the toys and recreational items industry. Our experts are knowledgeable in all major testing standards and regulations such as CPSIA, and ASTM, and can provide tailored toy quality control services to meet your specific needs.

We offer a comprehensive range of testing and children’s toy inspection services, including onsite inspections, and product certifications.

With our expertise in toy quality control, you can rest assured that your products will meet the highest standards for safety and quality.

Overall, the regulations and standards in place for toy quality control in the US and Europe are designed to protect children from hazardous toys, and it is important for those involved in the toy industry to stay up-to-date with these regulations. 

By working with a trusted and global quality assurance company like Tetra Inspection, toy manufacturers, importers, and distributors can ensure that their toys meet the necessary safety standards and can be sold with confidence in the US and European markets.

To learn more about our personalized toy quality control services, contact us today!