In the early months of starting my business, I wrote a list of all the items I wanted to make, one of those things on the list were sock monkeys. I did some research, bought loads and loads of socks, found a tutorial online and got to work. I thoroughly enjoyed making them and they proved popular at craft fairs.
One day I was searching the internet and came across a sock monkey page and it said “All sock monkey’s are CE Tested”. I didn’t fully understand what this meant. So I did some research and found out what the CE symbol means.
What does CE marking mean?
CE marking is a visible sign that the product complies with all relevant product supply laws, and its presence together with the declaration of conformity, gives the product to which it is affixed, presumption of conformity with relevant product safety Directives. Something a lot of people don’t understand, is that all toys or handmade products supplied in the UK, must meet a list of essential safety requirements, which are set out in the Toy (Safety) Regulations 1995. To prove all these requirements are met, all toys must also carry a CE mark.
After reading reading about the CE marking and CE testing I had so many questions!
Right ok- so my monkeys need to be tested? How do I do that??
I spent hours trawling through the internet, trying to find out what I needed to do. It was extremely difficult to find out anything!
I decided to stop selling my sock monkeys until they fully conformed. I now know this was the right thing to do!
If toys do not carry a CE mark or they have not been tested the producer can be found guilty of a criminal offence.
The best advice I can give you is to do as much research as you possibly can before you start making your items. Have a look at www.cemarking-handmadetoys.co.uk. There is tons of information and you can buy a CE testing pack which can guide you through.
Your toys can be sent away to be tested; but this can be very costly. The most cost effective way for handmade toys to gain CE marking is to self certify your products. I used a pack from here. This pack has a lot of helpful information and has a step by step guide to CE testing, certificates of compliance you will need to collate for all your materials (which need to be kept in your technical file) and templates for all your paperwork, which is required by law for each type of toy / material which is manufactured. Once you have completed self certification, you will be able to add the CE logo to your profuct.
I could go on forever about what is required and how to test etc, but you are better off getting the pack, and reading it through thoroughly until you are sure you understand it.
CE testing is not an easy process and anyone who tells you otherwise is not being truthful / or they’re not doing it properly!
there is a lot of hard work involved, but once you get your head around it, it does get easier.
Websites you may find useful include:
Or if you’re interested in purchasing a sock monkey, they are available on a special made to order basis at chloivia.biz.
DISCLAIMER: PLEASE NOTE; Whilst I can inform you of my personal experiences with with CE marking, it is not and should NEVER be taken as a replacement for information from toy safety experts. Please research the EN71 Directive yourself, it is your responsibility to do so.
Chloivia takes NO legal responsibility for the content of this blog post, or further advice given.
The information given is based on my own personal experience, self certifying my own handmade toys for their CE Mark.