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Besides a lot of fun, toys can also provide important learning moments. For example, in a board game, patience is exercised, because one has to wait for his/her turn. Furthermore, at a young age one gets to know all his/her emotions, for example by noticing that winning gives a different feeling than losing. Also, when playing some games, one discovers that others are better at it or that the person himself is better at it.
The right toy at the right time can mean that a child learns skills where it is in its development. Important here, of course, how safe is the toy? Nothing's going to let go? Are there any hazardous substances in it?
The Netherlands makes an active contribution to the composition of standards for toys.
This Dutch Standards Committee For Toys follows the work of CEN/TC 52 'Safety of toys'. This CEN/TC has developed standards designated under the European Safety of Toys Directive 88/378/EEC, the so-called EN 71 series.
In 2009, the new European Safety of Toys Directive 2009/48/EC was published. It will go into effect in the summer of 2011, with the help of chemical requirements. These will not take effect until the summer of 2013. This means that the entire EN 71 series will then be revised. NEN is the secretariat of the European Notified Bodies group for toys.
European Toy Directive
The European Toy Directive 2009/48/EC provides for the demand for unambiguous legislation for toys within the Member States of the European Union. This directive is also known as the Toy Directive.